No self-pity for injured Horgmo

Tue Feb 4, 2014 12:00pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Norwegian snowboarder Torstein Horgmo has every reason to feel sorry for himself but that is definitely not his style.

The slopestyle medal favorite's Sochi Olympics ended before the Games have even started when he broke his collarbone in a training fall on Monday - years of effort wiped out in a matter of seconds.

Sitting outside a cafe in the athletes' mountain village with his arm in a sling and a rueful grin, the 26-year-old was determined on Tuesday to focus on the positives.

"What I did, and what I hurt myself on was completely my fault. I can't blame the course for my injury. It was my decision to try a hard trick on a hard feature so sometimes that's just what happens," he told Reuters.

"It's a big part of our sport. I can't really say I'm unlucky because it was my decision.

"I've just got to hit the reset button right now and think some things over, heal up and ride some powder and kind of refocus," he said.

After his accident, changes were made to the course with minor tweaks to clean up some of the jumps after other competitors criticized the features.

They come too late for Horgmo, who faces a month out, but the Norwegian will stay on until Friday - the day of the opening ceremony and the first he can get a flight out - at least to cheer on team mates in the qualifying rounds which start on Thursday.   Continued...

Snowboarder Torstein Horgmo of Norway is carried on a stretcher after falling on the slopestyle snowboard course during practice for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, Russia February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez