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Posted on 02/05/2014 10:40:04 AM PST by nickcarraway
A crash ends one athlete's Sochi Olympics
With just days until the opening ceremonies in Sochi, one Olympic dream is already over.
Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo crashed in a practice run on Monday, breaking his collar bone and taking him out of the competition.
Horgmo was a medal contender in slopestyle, a new sport to the Olympics. This would have been his first Winter Games.
The 26-year-old trained in Carlsbad last year, and another athlete who trained in San Diego knows exactly how he's feeling today.
"My heart goes out to him," Arielle Martin said.
Martin was part of the 2012 Olympic BMX team that trained at the Olympic training center in Chula Vista. Two days before the team was scheduled to leave for London, Martin crashed while training, leaving her with a lacerated liver, punctured lung and broken heart.
"That was probably the worst day of my career, maybe the worst day of my life to date," Martin said.
"I was crushed. My whole world came crashing down. You build something up for so long, and you're so focused on it."
Martin did eventually get back on the bike and is coming off a very successful 2013 season.
An injury also took her out of the 2008 games.
Martin says she's still uncertain what the future holds as far as BMX or another possible Olympic try.
As for the Norwegian snowboarder she's never met, but with whom she has a lot in common, Martin has one specific hope.
"I hope he comes back and gets back on the snowboard. Getting back on the bike was the best thing I ever did."
There have been several complaints from athletes about the slopestyle course in Russia, claiming it is too steep. Olympic organizers said they will consider making adjustments, but said Horgmo's crash had nothing to do with the course conditions.
That’s too bad...I hope she can compete in four years.
Imagine the way she feels. That’s the way all the Olympians felt in 1980, when, until Obastard, the Worst President Ever screwed them all out of it.
Shaun White pulled out of slopestyle after he suffered a minor wrist injury. Something is wrong with that course.
Same with that BMX thing. Pretty sure the Greeks were not down with that.
Whoever thought letting the Grungers infest the Olympics was a great idea?
Wouldn't that course have had to meet scrutiny of a governing board for the sport? I'm being cruel, but here goes. Two people did get injured on that course but probably a lot more didn't. Maybe it's just a really tough course and they're going to have to up their game to get a medal.
If Shaun complained about the slope...there’s something wrong. Time will tell.
So, you are the arbiter of Olympic sports legitimacy? Maybe you should try it. Maybe get nutted on a rail.
Funny thing ... I’m old enough that I voted for Reagan, yet I ride a snowboard with some frequency and ability. Around ‘95 I switched from skiing and find it more fun and easier on my knees.
Easy with that broad brush.
This being Russia, I have no idea. If the governing federation was allowed to approve plans, there’s no guaranty they were followed.
Even the olympics are barely recognizable anymore d:^(