Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 4

Canadian freeskier crashes hard in ski slopestyle final

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The excitement of the inaugural women’s Olympic ski slopestyle final was brought to a devastating halt after Canadian rider Yuki Tsubota suffered a vicious crash in her second and last run on the Rosa Khutor course.

Running fifth after her first run, Tsubota was aiming to climb into medal position when she landed hard on her final jump, went briefly airborne, and came back down again before sliding to a stop.

Replays appeared to show that her head made contact with her knee on first impact, which also caused her to lose a ski and her goggles.

VIDEO: Watch the crash here

The latter piece of gear could be seen rolling down the slope as course workers quickly rushed to her aid. She was eventually carried off on a gurney.

Early media reports, including those from CBC reporter Carly Agro, Denver Post writer Jason Blevins, and National Post (Canada) writer Bruce Arthur, indicate that Tsubota suffered a jaw injury but will otherwise be okay.

Tsubota’s Canadian teammates, Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre, went on to win gold and bronze in the final. Team USA’s Devin Logan took the silver.

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Tsubota fell on her last run in the women’s ski slopestyle final. Photo: Getty Images
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The impact caused Tsubota to lose one of her skis as well as her goggles. Photo: Getty Images
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Course workers quickly attended to the injured Tsubota when she slid to a stop after her crash. Photo: Getty Images.
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Medical personnel carry Tsubota off on a gurney. Photo: Getty Images.

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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