Aspen’s Yater-Wallace hurt
BRECKENRIDGE — Practice injuries knocked Torin Yater-Wallace and Simon Dumont out of the Dew Tour on Saturday, leaving two of America’s top Olympic hopefuls in halfpipe skiing on the sideline for the season’s first qualifying event.
Dumont hit his head on the halfpipe and suffered a concussion. He was conscious but trainers did not clear him to compete.
Yater-Wallace sustained a chest injury and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
Yater-Wallace, 18, has two X Games silvers and a bronze and is considered a medal contender for halfpipe skiing, which makes its Olympic debut in Sochi.
The Dew Tour is the first qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic team. He spent nearly a week in the hospital earlier this month with a collapsed lung —an injury he couldn’t trace to a specific moment during his training.
Yater-Wallace was in the halfpipe Friday, where he finished first in qualifying. Dumont finished seventh.
The 27-year-old Dumont has two gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Winter X Games and was considered an elder statesman of his sport.
Meanwhile, Shaun White also suffered an injury Saturday at Breckenridge. He fell on his first run, tweaked his ankle and wound up finishing a surprising second on the halfpipe at the Dew Tour.
Greg Bretz, who finished 12th at the last Olympics, scored 91.40 on his first run, and White came up a point shy of that on his second trip.
The second-place finish won’t hurt the two-time defending Olympic champion’s chances of making the U.S. team.
This is one of five qualifying events and the riders get points for their two best performances.
Of more concern is White’s ankle.
At the end of the contest, he walked with a slight limp. He said he only tweaked it and was going to ice it in preparation for today’s slopestyle final.
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