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Sochi Snowboard Course To Be Modified After Norwegian Crashes Out

A snowboarder practice at the Extreme Park near Sochi, which is being used as a venue for this year's WInter Olympics. (file photo)
Organizers have agreed to modify the snowboard slopestyle course for the Sochi Winter Olympics after a Norwegian broke his collarbone during a practice run, ending his medal hopes.

Torstein Horgmo's crash came amid criticism from some competitors that the course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park is dangerous and could lead to injuries.

Snowboard officials with the International Ski Federation said February 3 that adjustments would be made to the course before the Olympic competition gets under way.

Some snowboarding Olympians said the course seemed too dangerous, while others have argued that a difficult course is appropriate for a top-level competition like the Olympics.

The Winter Olympics opening ceremonies are scheduled to be held on February 7 in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters