Torin Yater-Wallace

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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Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky big winners at Team USA Awards

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky
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Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.

Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.

Other winners included:

Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)

Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)

Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)

Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

MORE: Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:

400 free gold medalists 🏅 #teamusaindc @usaswimming @kledecky

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