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Two skiers hospitalized after crashes

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Two slopestyle skiers were taken off the course on a sled in a crash-marred event Sunday at Winter X.


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Rose Battersby of New Zealand sustained a lumbar spine fracture during a wipeout in practice. She was transferred to Denver for more evaluation, but was moving and had feeling in all extremities, according to X Games officials.

On her third and final run, Ashley Battersby, who's not related to Rose, crashed on the course and slid into the retaining fence. Battersby was taken to a hospital with a knee injury.

Three-time defending champion Kaya Turski waited at the top of the course for more than 30 minutes as officials attended to Ashley Battersby of Chicago. Turski wound up second as 17-year-old Tiril Sjastad Christiansen of Norway ended her reign.

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