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iPod is congratulated by a gracious Shaun White after he beat the American (and the rest of the field) in Sochi. Photo: Nick Atkins

The crash had been a nasty one though. iPod went down hard on the landing of his final hit in the second run of the X Games final a few weeks back.

While he’s obviously absolutely gutted that he won’t be competing, in the light of Kevin Pearce’s life-changing injury in 2009 we’d have to say this sounds like a sensible decision.

Concussion is no joke, and while Mpora is far from medically qualified, we know enough to know that repeat concussions can make any existing issues exponentially worse.

With iPod out though, the field is also clearer for the likes of Ayumu Hirano and Shaun White, who are surely now the best-placed contenders for the gold medal.

Whether or not the Swiss rider could have thrown down a run to beat the back-to-back 1440s followed by back-to-back 12s that we saw at the X Games is uncertain. But we’re gutted that we won’t get a chance to see him try.