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Mark McMorris fractures rib at Winter X Games

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The biggest threat to Shaun White‘s attempt at double gold in Sochi is now hurt.

Canadian slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris suffered a fractured rib in a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

“Thank you to everyone for your concern,” McMorris said. “After thorough discussions with my team of doctors and a number of medical specialists, and my physical therapist and coaches, I will continue as planned with traveling to Europe [Sunday] and recovering for the Olympics. While I’m sore, I’m continuing on my road to Sochi.”

Here’s video of McMorris slipping on a rail trick, falling onto the rail and then the snow.

McMorris, 20, was taken to the hospital, where X-rays revealed the fractured rib, according to the AP citing X Games officials.

“Well, I’m not doing the best,” McMorris told ESPN before going to the hospital. “Just whacked the side and lost my breath. Sore, just pray to God I’m OK. Nothing serious. Stood up and rode down, so it should be all right. It’s too bad. I really wanted to do some stuff. Must have just lost the train of thought of what I was doing. Just wasn’t focused.”

McMorris took silver in the event, based on a run before the crash, after winning it in 2012 and 2013. White, who finished fifth behind McMorris last year, pulled out of the X Games earlier this week to focus on the Olympics.

Another Canadian, Max Parrot, won the slopestyle competition in Aspen.

Slopestyle makes its Olympic debut in Sochi starting with qualifying on Feb. 6, the day before the Opening Ceremony.

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Alistair Brownlee, after Ironman, leans toward Olympic return

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Alistair Brownlee is already the only triathlete with multiple Olympic titles. In July, he is reportedly leaning toward another impressive feat, to win an Olympic gold medal the summer after completing the Kona Ironman World Championships.

The Brit Brownlee said he is “definitely swinging towards” trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games, according to the Times of London. Brownlee’s manager confirmed the stance while noting that his result in the Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 1 will play into the ultimate decision.

Brownlee previously reportedly said he was “50-50” on going for the Olympics and that he had to decide between focusing on the shorter Olympic distance or the Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon.

Other Olympic triathletes transitioned to the Ironman and never went back, such as 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany and two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True.

Brownlee finished 21st in Kona on Oct. 12 in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, which was 33:50 behind the winner Frodeno.

Brownlee won four half Ironmans between 2017 and 2018 (sandwiched by a hip surgery), then finished second to Frodeno at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 2.

One other triathlete won an Olympic title after completing the Kona Ironman — Austrian Kate Allen, who was seventh in Kona in 2002, then took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

MORE: 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships Results

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Alberto Salazar appeals doping ban

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered an appeal by track coach Alberto Salazar against his ban for doping violations, though a hearing will take several months to prepare.

CAS says Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown appealed against their four-year bans by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

After a multi-year USADA investigation, Salazar and Brown were found guilty of doping violations linked to the Nike Oregon Project training camp. USADA said Salazar ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, and possessed and trafficked the banned substance.

The case also related to falsified and incomplete medical records that disguised the work.

CAS says Salazar and Brown asked for more time to file “written submissions and evidence,” adding the hearing is “unlikely to take place before March.”

Verdicts typically take at least a further several weeks.

MORE: Mary Cain raises issues from being coached by Salazar

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