Kevin Rolland, Olympic ski halfpipe medalist, hospitalized by world-record try crash
Kevin Rolland, an Olympic ski halfpipe bronze medalist for France, was seriously injured in a Tuesday crash while trying to break a quarter pipe world record.
Rolland was hospitalized with several broken bones, including his hip, and is in serious and stable condition, sources confirmed. He was trying to soar nearly 40 feet to break a world record.
Last week, two-time U.S. Olympic champion David Wise set the world record for highest jump off a quarter pipe, soaring 38 feet to a banked landing. Wise later fractured a femur in three places. Simon Dumont has the record for a non-banked landing of 35 feet.
Rolland, a 29-year-old known for his risk-taking, gravity-defying tricks, took bronze behind Wise in the Olympic ski halfpipe debut in 2014. He placed 11th in PyeongChang. Rolland also owns the 2009 World title and three X Games Aspen golds.
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