Collins injured on eve of Olympics


Queenstown snowboarder Tiarn Collins missed out on the 2018 Winter Olympics snowboard slopestyle after dislocating his shoulder.

The 18-year-old medal hopeful fell during a training session the day before he was due to compete.

New Zealand team spokeswoman Alex Kerr says the team is “very disappointed” Collins had to withdraw.

While he was unable to make the slopestyle, there’s still a chance he could compete in the snowboard Big Air at the Games, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in two weeks.

Kerr says: “He will continue to work with his medical team to fully assess the situation and hopes to be able to compete in the snowboard big air on 21 February.”

Team mate Carlos Garcia Knight qualified second in Saturday’s heats for today’s final.