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.

Video: Jason Brown on Arsenio Hall