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Snowboarder, 18, breaks ankle but still finishes second

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A snowboarder has finished second in the prestigious Burton US open despite riding with a broken ankle for much of the competition.

The 18-year-old American, Chloe Kim won silver at the Women’s Halfpipe final on Saturday.

But on Sunday she said she had fractured her ankle, an injury she appeared to suffer in her first run at the event - but still went on to finish all three rounds of the contest.

At the world’s longest-running snowboard event, three-time Burton U.S. Open halfpipe champion Kim was defending her 2018 title as the podium favourite.

Although she qualified in first place during the semi-final, she was visible affected by her injury leading to her missing a grab on her last 1080 costing the teenager crucial points for trick execution.

It meant a final score of 84.62 points enough for second place but tantalisingly within one-hundredth of a point behind Maddie Mastro’s 84.74-point score for first place.

Her silver medal at the Burton U.S. Open wraps up a history-making season for Kim. She now officially holds all of snowboarding’s major titles after claiming gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, as well as X Games Aspen 2019 and the 2019 FIS Snowboarding World Championships. Kim was listed among the ‘Most Influential People of 2018’ by TIME Magazine.

"Unfortunately, I found out I broke my ankle today, so I will need to get surgery to get it fixed," she said.

No timescale has been given for her return, but she will miss the US Grand Prix halfpipe competition on 9 March.

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