Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:18 | By Agence France-Presse

Snowboard, freestyle courses safety blasted

Sochi's Olympic snowboarding and freestyle courses were blasted as "retarded" and "far from perfect" as a series of spectacular crashes continued to scar the event on Tuesday.


Snowboard, freestyle courses safety blasted

Norway's Torgeir Bergrem falls during competition in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014 - by Javier Soriano

Australian women's halfpipe favourite Torah Bright, who crashed in training, led the criticism, claiming that organisers were not calling on expert course builders.

"The people who are constructing the pipe aren't the greatest at their craft and it makes it challenging for us," she told Channel 10 news.

Her coach and brother Ben Bright was less diplomatic, launching a bitter tirade at the state of the run at the Extreme Park telling the Sydney Morning Herald it was "dangerous" and "retarded."

US star Shaun White, who will be chasing a third successive halfpipe gold, said the course was sub-par for the Olympics.

"I'm hoping they figure out some way to make the pipe a little more manageable. It's definitely far from perfect," he said after Monday training.

Crashes continued in the women's slopestyle freestyle skiing heats on Tuesday too as competitors struggled with the conditions.

In the Games' earlier slopestyle snowboarding competition, the course came under fire after a number of heavy crashes.

White pulled out of that event after crashing in training while medal favourite Torstein Horgmo had to withdraw after breaking his collarbone in a training fall.

There were also numerous crashes in moguls where American Heidi Kloser tore her cruciate knee ligament and broke a thigh bone in another accident.

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