Gus Kenworthy

GUS KENWORTHY thankfully walked away from a nasty crash on his final Olympics experience.

The Essex-born skier – who represented America at two previous Games – slammed his back on his second run on the the top of the halfpipe curve amid difficult conditions.

The 30-year-old recovered from that spectacular fall and finished eighth in his final run in his last competitive event, which was won by New Zealander Nico Porteous.

The Sochi slopestyle silver medallist is now retiring from skiing and is likely to pursue acting opportunities.

LA-based Kenworthy said: “I still had more that I wanted but after that bad slam I’m really just happy to be walking, land a run and get through it in one piece.

“In skiing, I really think wind is the biggest factor that we face.

“Snow we can deal with, speed we can deal with, even if a halfpipe isn’t up to your liking you can adapt.

“But when it’s windy and there are gusts, it’s out of your control and it’s kind of a luck game.”

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