Horgmo blames self – not course – for broken collarbone

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Changes are being made to the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park slopestyle course where Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone – and ultimately scuttled his 2014 Olympic dreams – but that’s of little solace to the Norwegian snowboarder. Don’t expect the 26-year-old to gripe about it, though.

Instead of blaming a course that also bedeviled Shaun White into jamming his wrist, Horgmo told Reuters that the training injury comes down to a mistake he made.

“What I did, and what I hurt myself on was completely my fault,” Horgmo said. “I can’t blame the course for my injury. It was my decision to try a hard trick on a hard feature so sometimes that’s just what happens.”

He’s doing his best to stay positive about it, noting that he has “a lot of other super-fun cool things to look forward to” as the season goes forward beyond Sochi.

“I’ve just got to hit the reset button right now and think some things over, heal up and ride some powder and kind of refocus,” Horgmo said.

With his gold in Big Air at the 2013 Winter X Games in mind, Horgmo had the potential to be a contender in slopestyle’s Olympic debut. Instead, he’ll need to set his sights on other events.

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Slopestyle snowboard medal hopeful Horgmo out of Olympics

Shaun White jams wrist

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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