Kaitlyn Farrington, the surprise Sochi Olympic halfpipe champion, is retiring less than a year after winning gold due to a congenital spine condition she learned of in the fall, according to ESPN.com.
Farrington, 25, has congenital cervical stenosis and was told by a doctor she can never snowboard again, according to the report.
“I thought I was too young to hear the word ‘retirement,'” Farrington told ESPN, adding she learned of the condition after an October snowboarding crash in Austria. “There’s so much I still want to do in the halfpipe. I thought I’d be pushing the sport for many more years and try to make the Olympic team in 2018. But the risk of snowboarding in a halfpipe or hitting jumps is too high. It’s been tough to accept, but I’m retiring from competitive snowboarding.”
Farrington won gold in Sochi over the previous three Olympic champions — Torah Bright, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter.
The rider raised on an Idaho cattle ranch was considered questionable to make the U.S. Olympic team entering winter qualifying, but she beat two-time Olympians Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight to join Clark, Teter and World champion Arielle Gold on the four-woman squad.
At the Olympics, her second-run final score of 91.75 edged the Australian Bright by .25 for gold in the closest Olympic halfpipe competition ever.
In September, Farrington said she wanted to compete in slopestyle at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in December, but she did not end up riding.
Farrington won Winter X Games silver in 2011 and bronze in 2014.
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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.
Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.
Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.
Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.
He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.
“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.
Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.
Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.
Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.
“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”
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