American snowboarder Shaun White took another hard fall, which resulted in a jammed wrist. The fact that this is just another one of White’s numerous injuries doesn’t bode well for Team USA.
White is far from the first snowboarder to get injured on the course at Rosa Kuhtor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia, which means if anything else the playing field continues to become level. Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo, who was a favorite to win gold, was knocked out of the Olympics after he broke his collarbone on a practice run.
The 2014 Winter Olympics committee has decided to change the course to improve safety, but it doesn’t appear to be working.
”It looks pretty sketchy, the rails are sticky,” Roope Tonteri, the 2013 world champion in men’s slopestyle, said of the course, according to Sports Illustrated. ”I think they wanted to make big kickers, and it’s not really good for riders, and it’s not really safe. I just don’t want to get injured. It’s not a really fun course to ride.”
White would certainly agree with that statement.
“It’s frustrating to see it,” White told Fox News. “It puts a damper on the whole mood and it’s kind of like you’re getting ready to do a big trick and you see something like that. Intimidating. Unfortunate. I’m hoping the builders can make some changes and the course has a little more of a friendly vibe. But I can’t change the course. Just doing the best I can.”
Despite the course being incredibly dangerous, the good news is White will be fine as the wrist injury shouldn’t be much of a factor. However, that’s assuming he doesn’t take another fall and injure it further.
Even though the course is intimidating for the riders, it will certainly be entertaining for the fans when the Olympics start this Friday.