Jan 15, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT
Olympic hopeful halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace is out of this weekend’s final Olympic selection event as he continues to recover from a Dec. 14 crash, his agent wrote in an email.
He broke two ribs in a practice crash in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 14, a few weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.
Yater-Wallace, the reigning world and Winter X Games silver medalist, must hope to be placed on the U.S. Olympic Team as a discretionary pick as he will not be able to qualify for one of three automatic spots on the U.S. Olympic Team.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) could add a fourth member to the team via a discretionary selection.
The Olympic ski halfpipe is Feb. 18. A healthy Yater-Wallace would be a gold-medal threat.
“All he can do is hope right now,” his agent, Michael Spencer, wrote in an email.
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