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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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VIDEO: Chloe Kim wins fifth straight event on unusual halfpipe

Chloe Kim makes it five straight wins with Dew Tour title

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Chloe Kim capped one of the greatest years in snowboarding history by repeating as Dew Tour champion in Breckenridge, Colo., on Sunday.

The 18-year-old PyeongChang gold medalist won a modified halfpipe contest with a 94.67-point first run on a course that combines slopestyle features with a halfpipe. She beat a field that included Olympic silver and bronze medalists Liu Jiayu and Arielle Gold.

Kim has won five straight contests — the X Games in January, the Olympics in February, the U.S. Open in March and, to open this season, victories the last two weekends. No other rider won the X Games, Olympics and U.S. Open in one year.

Kim decided to compete this season rather than enroll in college. She tweeted in March that she was accepted to Princeton.

She is expected to go for a fourth X Games Aspen title in five years next month, which would tie her for second all-time among women behind Kelly Clark, who has six halfpipe crowns.

The retired Gretchen Bleiler also won four X Games golds. Clark, a 35-year-old, five-time Olympian, said last month that she was undecided if she will compete again.

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WATCH LIVE: Dew Tour Mountain Championships — 11 a.m. ET

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Two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White will compete Thursday for the second time since the Sochi Winter Games at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships, streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

First up is the men’s ski slopestyle semifinals featuring Olympic gold and silver medalists Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy. The final is Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Live Extra.

WATCH LIVE: Dew Tour men’s ski slopestyle semifinals — 11:30 a.m. ET (11 a.m. pre-show)

Later, White goes in the snowboard halfpipe semifinals. White, who has said he’s hoping to be at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, finished fourth at his last two competitions — the Sochi Olympics and the Winter X Games on Jan. 22.

At Dew Tour, White will go up against Sochi Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov and Danny Davis, winner of the last two X Games. The final is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Live Extra.

WATCH LIVE: Dew Tour men’s snowboard halfpipe semifinals — 2:30 p.m. ET (2 p.m. pre-show)