Posted: Sat January 25, 2014 6:54PM; Updated: Sat January 25, 2014 6:54PM

Olympic favorite Mark McMorris fractures rib in X Games slopestyle final

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Mark McMorris, of Canada, is considered a favorite for an Olympic gold in Sochi.
Mark McMorris, of Canada, is considered a favorite for an Olympic gold in Sochi.
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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) Olympic gold-medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada fractured a rib during a crash in the Winter X Games slopestyle finals Saturday.

McMorris caught his snowboard on the lip of a rail and went sliding down the bar on his right side before landing hard on the snow. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before riding down the hill under his own power.

He was taken to the hospital, where X-rays showed he had a fractured rib, X Games officials said.

McMorris finished second in the event on the strength of an earlier run.

Another Canadian, Max Parrot, turned in the winning score (96.33) on his final run, which forced McMorris (95.66) to push harder in his last run to go for the win.

If McMorris can't compete in Sochi, it would make things easier for Shaun White, who skipped the X Games so he could train.

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