Halfpipe skier Simon d’Artois suffers concussion

Halfpipe skier Simon d’Artois is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a concussion and blacking out for about 10 seconds Saturday when he smacked his head during a fall at the US Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.

Kelley Korbin, manager of media relations for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, said a CT scan was normal but d’Artois continued to experience concussion symptoms. He was expected to remain at University of Utah hospital overnight. The skier’s father was with him at the hospital.

‘‘I heard the pipe was in fantastic condition today,’’ Korbin said. ‘‘It wasn’t anything to do with that. We have absolutely no concerns about the condition of the pipe or manner in which Park City treated his injury. It was commendable.’’


D’Artois fell near the top of the 22-foot superpipe and slid to the bottom unconscious.

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Ski patrol immediately was on the scene and attended to him for about 20 minutes before taking him off in a sled. He was wearing a neck brace but flashed a ‘‘rock on’’ sign with his right hand as he left the venue.

Canadian freestyle pioneer Sarah Burke crashed on the same halfpipe last year while training and died a week later from the injuries. The dangers of winter action sports came into focus again last week when freestyle snowmobile rider Caleb Moore died after a crash at the Winter X Games.

Five of the 12 men in the finals fell Saturday. France’s Benoit Valentin appeared to injure his left knee. X Games champion David Wise won the event and fellow American Torin Yater-Wallace finished second. France’s Kevin Rolland took third, edging countryman Thomas Krief.

Maddie Bowman, like Wise an X Games champion, won the women’s event. Japan’s Ayana Onozuka was second and Virginie Faivre of Switzerland took third.


Ski jump — France’s Coline Mattel won her second women’s World Cup ski jump event of the season in Sapporo, Japan, upstaging local favorite and overall leader Sara Takanashi.

Mattel landed a jump of 93 meters for 120.2 points on her first attempt before the second round of jumps was canceled because of high winds. Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsberger had a jump of 94.5 meters but was deducted style points to finish second with 111.9 points while Anette Sagen of Norway was third with 111.4 points after a jump of 87.5 meters.

Takanashi, who has won four World Cup events this season, finished 13th. Defending overall World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States finished seventh.

Skeleton — Alexander Tretiakov of Russia held off two-time defending champion Martins Dukurs to win his first world championship title in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Tretiakov led by nearly a half-second on Dukurs going into the fourth and final run. He held off his Latvian rival to win by 0.03 seconds. Dukurs clocked the fastest run of the competition in his final run.


Bronze medalist Sergei Chudinov of Russia was 2.27 behind Tretiakov’s combined time of 4 minutes, 32.35 seconds. John Daly of the US finished tied for fifth, 2.84 behind Tretiakov.

Speedskating — Two-time Olympic champion Charles Hamelin won the 500-meter race at the short-track World Cup in Sochi, Russia.

The Canadian claimed his second victory of the season in 41.092 seconds at the Iceberg arena, which will host the short-track and figure skating events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Wu Daijing of China was second in 41.095, while Vladimir Grigorev of Russia was third. Noh Jinkyu led a South Korean sweep of the podium in the 1,500, clocking 2:17.482 for his fourth win of the season. Kim Yun-Jae was second and Kwak Yoon-Gy was third

Four-time Olympic champion Wang Meng of China won the women’s 500 in 43.231 ahead of Ariana Fontana of Italy and Liu Qiuhong of China.

Shim Suk-hee of South Korea claimed the 1,500 for her fifth victory of the season with a time of 2:26.338. Li Jianrou of China was second, Britain’s Elise Christie third.

Snowboard — Canadian Chris Robanske won the men’s World Cup cross event in Blue Mountain, Ontario, followed by Australia’s Alex Pullin and American Nick Baumgartner.

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the women’s race. Canada’s Dominique Maltais was second and France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz third.

Ski cross— Poor weather conditions forced cancellation of the freestyle World Cup event in Grasgehren, Germany.