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Teter injures shoulder, opts out of first Grand Prix

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, JAN. 3-4 - FILE ** In this Jan. 26, 2008, file photo, Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion Hannah Teter poses in Aspen, Colo., during the Winter X Games. Most snowboarders have an iPod inside their parka as they fly above the halfpipe, letting the music carry them across the ice and snow and into another world. Hannah Teter takes the idea of "another world" to a different level. Right next to her iPod, she also carries a picture she took of schoolchildren in Africa, the ones she has dedicated this season to helping. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Defending Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter will miss the opening halfpipe of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain after suffering a shoulder injury in a training crash before Thursday’s qualifying round.

The 22-year-old Meyers resident anticipates being ready for the Jan. 5-9 stop at Mammoth Mountain and later that month in Park City, Utah.

According to U.S. Snowboarding Medical Director Richard Quincy, Teter appeared to have suffered a dislocated shoulder. While Teter continued to ride after the accident, she opted to sit out the competition as a precaution following the advice of team officials. She expects to be ready to compete in the remaining four Grand Prix events.



Women’s qualifying began on Thursday, while men will qualify on Friday. Finals are set for Saturday.


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