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Torin Yater-Wallace will not compete in final Olympic qualifier; still hopes for Sochi

Torin Yater-Wallace

BRECKENRIDGE,CO - DECEMBER 11: Torin Yater Wallace mid air during half-pipe practice in the 2013 Dew Tour on December 11, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado. (Photo by Gabe L’Heureux/ Getty Images) *** Local Caption***Torin Yater Wallace

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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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