26/02/2014 | by Sam Oetiker
The Norwegian Olympic team took a serious blow this morning with news that Torstein Horgmo, one of their brightest hopes for a medal in slopestyle, was carried off the course with a suspected collar bone fracture during slopestyle practice this morning.
Horgmo, who is a multiple X Games gold medallist and qualified in the top spot in slopestyle finals earlier this month, is one of the most consistent and naturally gifted slopestyle riders on the planet. He has a huge variety of tricks under his belt and aside from stomping the first ever frontside triple cork back in 2010, had two more variations of the trick up his sleeve (backside 1440 and switch backside 1440). It is widely expected that riders will need to land two triple corks in their run to win slopestyle.
Horgmo was supposedly going for a hardway backside 270 on the first rail section, hooked up on the rail and landed heavily on the stairs to his shoulder. He was swiftly carried off in a stretcher to have an xray. From what we can understand from the Norwegian news reports, he has suffered collar bone fractures.
This injury will more than likely put Horgmo out of action in the Olympic slopestyle comp. Here at Onboard we’re super bummed on the news and wish him a speedy recovery. Horgmo was one of the riders who we’d have tipped for a medal in the event.