With just a few days until Sochi Winter Olympic Games begin, officials are facing a safety issue at a venue where an Idaho athlete is scheduled to compete.
Jessika Jenson, 22, a native of Rigby, is set to compete in the women's slopestyle event, with the first runs set for this Thursday, Feb. 6.
But this morning's New York Times reports that a top snowboarder has already sustained serious injuries in a crash on the course, and several athletes are raising concerns, including one who says, "It's like jumping out of a building."
"It's not really good for riders and it's not really safe anymore," Finland snowboarder Roope Tonteri told reporters early today. "I just don't want to get injured."
For the uninitiated, slopestyle is a long downhill snowboard course where snowboarders face a series of obstacles, followed by a series of large jumps. One of the top boarders in the world, Norway's Torstein Horgmo, landed on his face and shoulder when he crashed on the course and was rushed to a local hospital.
Olympic officials have already conceded that they will modify the course to make it safer.
In 2010, an Olympian crashed and died on the luge run of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The accident compelled organizers to redesign all future Olympic luge tracks.