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Ian Thorpe’s manager confirms that champion swimmer is in rehab for depression

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James Erskine, the manager of Australian Olympic legend Ian Thorpe, has now confirmed that the five-time gold medalist has been admitted to rehab for depression after being found disoriented on a Sydney street by local police Monday morning.

According to Australian reports, Erskine said that Thorpe had taken pain killers and anti-depressants following a shoulder surgery, and that there had been no alcohol involved in the incident.

“He had not been drinking,” Erskine said about the incident per The Sydney Morning Herald. “There was no alcohol involved. He was disorientated and tried to get in to what he thought was a friend’s car.”

Thorpe’s management had denied initial reports about him being admitted to rehab for depression and alcohol abuse, insisting that he had gone into a local hospital this past week for the aforementioned operation.

“The false reports did upset him,” said Erskine. “I’m not saying it sent him in a downward spiral but it did upset him. He didn’t go to rehab. That’s the truth…Everyone has to give him some space.”

Per the Herald, it is understood that Thorpe was with a friend at the time of the incident and that after finding Thorpe on Monday, police do not anticipate taking any further action.

More recent reports had Thorpe mulling over an early leave from Australia back to his home in Switzerland in order to escape the rising scrutiny over his health.

Australia’s most decorated Olympic champion has had to battle depression for many years now, detailing said battle in his 2012 autobiography.

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Max Parrot, Julia Marino win Big Air at Fenway Park snowboarding

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Canadian Olympic snowboarder Max Parrot and American Julia Marino swept the first Big Air at Fenway Park events on Thursday night.

Parrot, who finished fifth in the Sochi Olympic slopestyle competition, had the highest-scoring run of all competitors in gusty conditions at the home of the Boston Red Sox.

He tallied a 96.25 in his second of three runs. The combined score of his first two runs — 183.5 — held up so that his last run was a victory lap.

Parrot gained attention in Sochi for being one of two Canadian snowboarders to call out Shaun White for pulling out before the slopestyle competition.

White didn’t compete Thursday. Olympic slopestyle champions Sage Kotsenburg (training crash) and Jamie Anderson (eliminated in qualifying) did compete, but not in the finals.

Big air, which debuts at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018, is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic snowboard disciplines. The key difference is that big air runs include one jump, while slopestyle is a course of several jumps and rails.

Earlier, American Julia Marino was the surprise women’s winner at Fenway, tallying a two-run total of 169.25. Marino, 18, was a forerunner who got into the field when U.S. Olympian Ty Walker withdrew.

Riders competed Thursday with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, NBC Sports’ Tina Dixon said. Their bibs flapped uncontrollably at the top of the 140-foot-high jump, nearly four times the height of the adjacent Green Monster.

“The wind definitely created a nervous factor for me, and I’m sure all the other riders, too,” Marino, a Connecticut native, said on NBCSN. “It was crazy windy up there. But the fact is the jump itself wasn’t as winded down below. … I’ve been to Boston so many times, and I’ve walked past this ballpark a ton. To be snowboarding here, it’s insane.”

Big Air at Fenway concludes Friday with ski big air, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 9 p.m. ET.

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Sage Kotsenburg cracks helmet in Fenway Big Air crash

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Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg crashed in training and suffered a concussion before the finals of the Big Air at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday evening, according to his Twitter.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said Kotsenburg hit his head in the crash but couldn’t confirm a concussion diagnosis.

Kotsenburg, 22, was to be the headliner of the finals after fellow Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.

Big Air at Fenway was to be Kotsenburg’s final competition of the season, according to Sports Illustrated. He finished 10th in snowboard slopestyle at the Winter X Games two weeks ago.

Kotsenburg has said he would like to compete in slopestyle and big air at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, where big air will make its Winter Games debut.

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage of the final day of Big Air at Fenway on Friday for the ski slopestyle finals at 9 p.m. ET.

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