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Olympic Snowboarder Lands 'Gruesomely,' Breaks Neck

Markus Schairer of Austria fell with such force his goggles flew off

(Newser) - Pick the wilder of the two following sentences: Markus Schairer broke his neck during a quarterfinal race in snowboard cross at the Winter Olympics Thursday. The Austrian stood up and finished the race. USA Today reports the accident occurred during the final jump of the course, with Schairer landing "... More »

After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag

(Newser) - Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016.... More »

American Snowboarder Wins in 'Ugly' Conditions

NBC dumps analyst who insulted Olympic hosts

(Newser) - Monday's women's slopestyle snowboarding competition in Pyeongchang is going to be remembered more for the treacherous conditions than the sporting accomplishments—especially since only nine of the 50 riders were able to complete their runs properly. Hazardous cross-winds caused what the AP describes as "ugly" conditions and... More »

17-Year-Old Delivers America's 1st Gold Medal

Snowboarder Red Gerard wins slopestyle competition

(Newser) - The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn't all that grand. "Just having fun snowboarding," Red explained. Look where all that fun landed him. The... More »

Shaun White After 62 Stitches: 'I Scared Myself'

He hopes new tricks will propel him to 3rd Olympic gold

(Newser) - A nasty crash hasn't kept Shaun White from dreaming up daring tricks as he eyes Olympic gold for a third time. The snowboarder, currently trying to qualify for the February games in Pyeongchang, needed 62 stitches after hitting his face off the edge of a half pipe during training... More »

Snowboard Champ Killed in Avalanche

Estelle Balet was filming at the time

(Newser) - Estelle Balet, a 21-year-old champion snowboarder, was killed in an avalanche Tuesday morning. The Swiss athlete was in the Alps, filming above the village of Orsieres in Switzerland, when the avalanche struck. Despite the fact that she was wearing safety equipment, including a helmet and an airbag meant to keep... More »

Snowboarder With 'Strong Spirit' Found After 3 Days

Julie Abrahamsen was lost in Whistler, in 'cold, but good, condition'

(Newser) - Three days lost in the "back country" around Whistler, British Columbia, have left a snowboarder "cold," but apparently no worse for the wear. Twenty-one-year-old Julie Abrahamsen was found yesterday by searchers who spotted her tracks from a helicopter, reports ABC News . "Searchers followed the trail and... More »

Stranded Man Used Snowboard for Shelter

He got lost in Tahoe snowsotrm

(Newser) - Abe Finkelstein's snowboard got him into a dicey situation on Monday—but also helped him survive it. The 25-year-old engineer used his board and some branches to build a makeshift shelter to spend the night in after becoming stranded in white-out conditions in wilderness near Lake Tahoe, reports the... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

This American Just Won Gold—for Russia

Vic Wild didn't get support he needed from US, he says

(Newser) - Vic Wild is an American, born and raised in Washington state—but the gold medal he won at the Sochi Olympics today was for none other than ... Russia. Why? Wild decided to compete for Russia because his event, men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom, wasn't getting much support in... More »

Shaun White's Olympic Spirit Showed Up—Off the Slopes

'Washington Post' reporter explains how snowboarder met 2 cancer survivors

(Newser) - Shaun White may not have medaled in the halfpipe yesterday, but he still "delivered the Olympic moment of his life," writes Mike Wise in the Washington Post . Wise went to Sochi with an angle in mind—he was going to write about how White "had become too... More »

Shaun White Doesn't Even Medal in Halfpipe

Switzerland's 'I-Pod' takes gold

(Newser) - The stage was set for Shaun White to make history with a third straight gold medal at today's halfpipe event in Sochi. Instead, the American didn't even medal, coming in fourth. Iouri "I-Pod" Podladtchikov of Switzerland took gold, while the Japanese pair of Ayumu Hirano and Taku... More »

Snowboarders: Sochi Halfpipe Is a Mess

Officials working on the problem as competition gets under way

(Newser) - Snowboarders in Sochi have been raising serious concerns about the state of the Olympic halfpipe, the scene of actual competition today: "Everyone is not happy right now," 2006 US gold medalist Hannah Teter told the Washington Post after yesterday's practice. But that hasn't stopped the event... More »

Snowboarder Fined for Moose Harassment

Viral video shows guy chasing animal

(Newser) - A pair of Montana snowboarders made a name for themselves after chasing a moose down a mountain and filming the whole thing. After they posted the video to Facebook , it earned them national media coverage—and, for 21-year-old snowboarder Charlie Rush, a $225 fine, Fox News reports. The fine is... More »

Snowboarder Killed in Ice Tunnel Collapse

Trapped when bus-size hunk of ice fell on him

(Newser) - The body of a snowboarder trapped when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood yesterday has been recovered. For almost five hours, rescuers used chainsaws to cut through a collapsed chunk of ice the size of a school bus in order to reach 25-year-old Collin Backowski, reports the... More »

5 Snowboarders Killed in Colorado Avalanche

Authorities think snowboarders triggered the slide

(Newser) - Five snowboarders were killed after apparently triggering a backcountry avalanche in Colorado, authorities say. Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies several hours after yesterday's slide, which was 600 feet wide. A sixth snowboarder caught in the avalanche was able to dig himself out and call for help; his... More »

Snowboarding Cools as Kids Embrace 'Flat' Skis

Extra-wide skies are easier to manage

(Newser) - People who like whizzing down snowy hills at high speeds are using a new kind of ski and losing interest in the snowboard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Winter sports enthusiasts say snowboarding is too injury-prone and, in powder and flat terrain, difficult to manage—while extra-wide skis are easy... More »

3 Dead, 8 Missing in Washington Avalanche

Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle struck by tragedy

(Newser) - Three people are dead and as many as eight missing after an avalanche today near a popular ski resort in Washington state, authorities said. The King County Sheriff's Office began receiving word about the slide near the Stevens Pass ski area just after noon, Sgt. Cindi West said. Stevens... More »

Snowboard Champ Returns to Slopes After Brain Injury

Kevin Pearce to ride with friends for first time in 2 years

(Newser) - After hitting his head during halfpipe training two years ago, Kevin Pearce lost his shot at snowboarding superstardom: The accident left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, one that blurred his vision, shook his balance, and altered his memory. But even if his glory days are over,... More »

Pro Skier Jamie Pierre Dies in Avalanche

Extreme skier was snowboarding at closed Utah resort

(Newser) - A snowboarding accident at a closed resort in Utah has claimed the life of pro skier Jamie Pierre. The 38-year-old extreme athlete and a friend were on a steep slope at the Snowbird Resort—which doesn't open until next weekend and hasn't cleared the slopes of danger—when... More »

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