Feb 4, 2014; Sochi, Rosa Khutor, RUS; USA snowboarder Shaun White during a training session on the hill at the 2nd jump at Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics: Shaun White pulls out of slopestyle event


One of the biggest names in the 2014 Winter Olympics has decided to pull out of the snowboarding slopestyle event in Sochi. White was set to compete in the inaugural slopestyle event along with the halfpipe, but the risk of injury on the slopestyle course has caused him to withdraw.

White suffered a fall earlier in the week and jammed his wrist.

“After much deliberation with my team, I have made the decision to focus solely on trying to bring home the third straight gold medal in halfpipe for Team USA,” White told TODAY in a statement.

“The difficult decision to forego slopestyle is not one I take lightly as I know how much effort everyone has put into holding the slopestyle event for the first time in Olympic history, a history I had planned on being a part being a part of.

“With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on.”

White will now look to win his third straight gold medal in the men’s halfpipe, which would allow him to make history as the first American man to win three straight gold medals in a single event.

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