Torin Yater-Wallace hospitalized after Dew Tour crash

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Two-time Olympian Torin Yater-Wallace suffered double broken heels in a ski halfpipe fall at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., on Sunday, according to his social media.

Yater-Wallace, 23, took the wrong angle off a takeoff on the final feature of a modified halfpipe course, landing near the flat bottom and collapsing to the snow. He was tended to for about 15 minutes before being taken off on a sled.

“He had the heaviest landing I’ve ever seen,” was posted on double Olympic champion David Wise‘s social media. “I had just finished my run and got to him very quickly, he was in serious pain with his heels, but his back and head were ok.”

Images of Yater-Wallace in a medical center bed were posted on his Instagram on Monday with the caption, “got straight bodied.”

“Glad the first surgery went well and good luck with the next one,” was posted by Olympic teammate Gus Kenworthy’s account.

Before the fall, NBC Sports analyst Luke Van Valin said Yater-Wallace was looking to switch his full-time focus from halfpipe to slopestyle.

Yater-Wallace finished ninth and 26th in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic ski halfpipe events, coming back from health scares to make each team.

In 2014, he recovered from a collapsed lung during a physical therapy session and broken ribs at the first Olympic qualifier to make the first Olympic ski halfpipe team.

For PyeongChang, he had to come back from a mysterious illness that put him on life support two years earlier.

Yater-Wallace made four X Games podiums, most recently taking bronze last season, and took silver at the 2013 World Championships.

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World short-track speedskating championships will be moved, postponed or canceled

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The International Skating Union announced Tuesday that the world short-track speedskating championships will not proceed as scheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Seoul’s Mokdong Ice Rink, where the competition was set to be held March 13-15, held the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships earlier this month but closed on Monday.

The ISU left open the possibility that the championships will be postponed or relocated, but the window to do so may close rapidly.

“Taking into account the uncertain world-wide development of the coronavirus, the limited and uncertain available time slots during the coming weeks and the logistical challenges of potential organizers and participating teams, a postponement and/or relocation of the Championships would be difficult to achieve,” the ISU said. “Nevertheless, a postponement and/or relocation of this Championships might be considered if the circumstances would allow so in due time.”

South Korea is one of short-track speedskating’s traditional powers. Last year, the country dominated the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning both relays and taking gold in all of the men’s individual races. South Korea also led the medal count on home ice in the 2018 Olympics.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of many events in China, where the illness was first found. The world indoor track and field championships were pushed back a whole year.

With the virus spreading to other regions, other countries’ sports schedules are being affected. Several soccer games are proceeding in empty stadiums in Italy and Iran.

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Daniel Romanchuk’s ascent to marathon stardom accelerated at University of Illinois

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The rise of Daniel Romanchuk has been one of the major stories of this Paralympic cycle. The wheelchair racer was eliminated in the first round of all five of his races in Rio.

But now, he’s the world’s best marathoner with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, a world-record holder on the track and already qualified for the Tokyo Games.

Romanchuk, born with spina bifida, was profiled by NBC Sports Chicago as part of a series of NBC Sports Regional Networks pieces published this week — marking 150 days until the Tokyo Olympics and six months until the Tokyo Paralympics.

NBC RSN Olympic and Paralympic Profiles
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Abbey Weitzeil (Swimming) — LINK

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Margaret Bertasi (Rowing) — LINK
Abbey D’Agostino Cooper (Track and Field) — LINK

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Ryan Murphy (Swimming) — LINK

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Galen Rupp (Marathon) — LINK
Mariel Zagunis (Fencing) — LINK

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Vashti Cunningham (Track and Field) — LINK
Julie Ertz (Soccer) — LINK

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Katie Ledecky (Swimming) — LINK
Kyle Snyder (Wrestling) — LINK

Romanchuk, 21, swept the Boston, London, Chicago and New York City Marathon titles in 2019. He attributes that success to his native Baltimore and his training residence of the University of Illinois.

At age 2, he was enrolled in Baltimore’s Bennett Blazers, an adaptive sports program for children with physical disabilities. Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist who dominated women’s wheelchair marathons, planted her athletic roots there.

“Their motto is to teach kids they can before they’re told they can’t,” Romanchuk said.

Things really blossomed for Romanchuk after he moved from Baltimore to the University of Illinois. Illinois was designated a U.S. Paralympic training site in 2014 and has produced McFadden, Jean Driscoll and other U.S. Paralympic stars.

“Without this program, I certainly would not be where I am,” Romanchuk said. “It’s a very unique combination of coaching and teammates.”

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