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Torin Yater-Wallace will not compete in final Olympic qualifier; still hopes for Sochi

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Olympic hopeful halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace is out of this weekend’s final Olympic selection event as he continues to recover from a Dec. 14 crash, his agent wrote in an email.

He broke two ribs in a practice crash in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 14, a few weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.

Yater-Wallace, the reigning world and Winter X Games silver medalist, must hope to be placed on the U.S. Olympic Team as a discretionary pick as he will not be able to qualify for one of three automatic spots on the U.S. Olympic Team.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) could add a fourth member to the team via a discretionary selection.

The Olympic ski halfpipe is Feb. 18. A healthy Yater-Wallace would be a gold-medal threat.

“All he can do is hope right now,” his agent, Michael Spencer, wrote in an email.

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Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics

NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule