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Kevin Rolland, Olympic ski halfpipe medalist, hospitalized by world-record try crash

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Kevin Rolland, an Olympic ski halfpipe bronze medalist for France, was seriously injured in a Tuesday crash while trying to break a quarter pipe world record.

Rolland was hospitalized with several broken bones, including his hip, and is in serious and stable condition, sources confirmed. He was trying to soar nearly 40 feet to break a world record.

Last week, two-time U.S. Olympic champion David Wise set the world record for highest jump off a quarter pipe, soaring 38 feet to a banked landing. Wise later fractured a femur in three places. Simon Dumont has the record for a non-banked landing of 35 feet.

Rolland, a 29-year-old known for his risk-taking, gravity-defying tricks, took bronze behind Wise in the Olympic ski halfpipe debut in 2014. He placed 11th in PyeongChang. Rolland also owns the 2009 World title and three X Games Aspen golds.

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U.S. Olympic champions defeated in Copper Mountain ski halfpipe

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Six Olympic ski halfpipe medalists, including every gold medalist, competed in the Copper Mountain Grand Prix finals on Friday. None won.

Instead, an American who placed seventh in PyeongChang and a 16-year-old Estonian forced to sit out the Olympics prevailed as the freeskiing season began in earnest in Colorado.

Aaron Blunck rebounded from missing the Olympic podium with a 96.25-point run for his first top-level victory since his 2017 World title. Blunck’s tricks included a double cork 1440, according to NBC Sports’ Luke Van Valin. Two-time Olympic champion David Wise placed third with 90.5, while PyeongChang silver medalist Alex Ferreira was eighth.

“I’ve been working on that run now for pretty much all summer,” Blunck said on NBCSN. “After last year in Korea, I was like, that’s the run I want to do.

“Last year was so stressful. I felt like I didn’t really have fun at all.”

COPPER RESULTS: Men | Women

Kelly Sildaru, the PyeongChang Olympic ski slopestyle favorite until suffering a season-ending knee injury in September 2017, captured the women’s title with multiple 900s in each of her first two runs, according to Van Valin, and a top score of 93 points.

In her five International Ski Federation events since coming back, Sildaru earned world junior titles in halfpipe and slopestyle, plus a silver in big air in the summer in New Zealand. She then beat all of the PyeongChang slopestyle medalists at a World Cup last month before topping both Olympic halfpipe champions on Friday (American Maddie Bowman and Canadian Cassie Sharpe).

Sildaru, who was born during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, won the 2016 and 2017 Winter X Games ski slopestyle titles. Her first, at age 13, made her the youngest Winter X Games champion in any event.

By age 12, Sildaru was already in an Estonian yogurt commercial with one of the nation’s pop stars. A video of her skiing from when she was 8 and 9 years old has more than 250,000 YouTube views.

All of Estonia’s seven Winter Olympic medals came in cross-country skiing.

The Copper Mountain Grand Prix concludes with snowboard halfpipe finals, featuring Chloe Kim, on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

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Watch Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy battle on ‘Drop the Mic’

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Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy traded insults about their Olympic careers on TBS’ “Drop the Mic,” but Vonn had no answer for Kenworthy’s finale … bringing a puppy on stage.

The full transcript:

Vonn: “I was told we’d have two Winter Games champions tonight, so I’m still waiting on stage for Apolo Ohno to arrive. You love the spotlight, you must be in heaven, imagine your ego if you placed higher than seven [Note: Kenworthy was 12th in PyeongChang]. Sure, you didn’t medal, it’s OK, you fell short, because freestyle skiing isn’t even a sport. That kiss from your boyfriend made you famous at last, but now you’ll be famous for kissing my ass.”

Kenworthy: “I was thrilled to battle someone I consider a friend, but since you rap like you ski, you should retire again [Note: Vonn has never retired but plans to do so after next season]. I’ve scored perfect 10s, you’re more like a six, you somehow make me even less into chicks. And you tweeted you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day, I wonder what decisions have left you that way.”

Vonn: “Let’s talk extreme skiing, you think that it’s clever, your sport is doing what snowboarders do better. But I think you’re so brave, and I respect your career, it takes a lot of courage to be such a bad skier. Gus, I honestly feel sorry for you because, clearly, skiing is the only freestyling you should do. I’m happy young kids can look up to your image to show them they can do anything except win the Olympics.”

Kenworthy: “The way she talks about Olympics, you would never know, it’s been eight years since you brought home a gold. Keep your chin up, don’t be deterred, at least in rap battles, you can’t finish third. You’ve got so many injuries, it’s such a bad thing, I’m surprised when you’re rapping, you don’t pull your hamstring. You’re the biggest disappointment at a little girls’ party because nobody wants a knock-off Ronda Rousey Barbie.”

Vonn: “You make fun of my career, and I’m asking how, you’re an eventual subject for Where are they Now? You’re in X Games, bro, I’m known worldwide, you save all those dogs, but who’s saving your pride? Made fun of my injury, what’s up with that? You look like a whack-tattoo Spencer Pratt. I’ll give you the last word, how’s that sound, because I’m the greatest f—— skier pound for pound.”

Kenworthy: “I have Olympic silver, not as many medals as you, makes sense, I’m 26, you’re what, 62? You’re so boring and basic, both things together, the type who saw “Hamilton,” and it changed you forever. You may have sponsors, and you do a few ads, but if you want to stay on-brand you should promote trash bags. You brought back the gold, but I have my own, everybody meet Gold Medal, yes I did bring him home [handed puppy].”

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