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Looking Ahead to Sochi, Shaun White Pulls Himself from X Games

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:34 PM
By Cody Dalga

With the Sochi Olympics just weeks away, star snowboarder Shaun White has decided to not compete in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado and focus on preparations for the Winter Olympics

'Halfpipe practice - Winter X Games 14' photo (c) 2010, Philip Nelson - license:

White has been a competitor in the X Games since 2002 and has won a grand total of 18 medal, including 13 gold medals, both Winter X Games records. 

"I've been competing in the X Games since I was 13 years old, they are a huge part of why I am where I am and they are vital to the sport," said White. "Unfortunately, when I arrived at the mountain and looked over the schedule, I knew I wasn't going to be able to complete the kind of training I know I need in order to prepare for Sochi. It's an incredibly tough decision for me and it's not something I take lightly, especially as ESPN has always been a great supporter, but I have to make sure I'm prepared for the Olympics."

"The Flying Tomato" is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the halfpipe with podium spots at Turin (2006) and London (2010). During his second run in 2010, White pulled off the Double McTwist 1260 (in which he dubbed the Tomahawk). The 27-year old is one of the most well-known stars of the Olympics and is almost certain to find himself on the medal podium for the third time in as many years. 

Tags: London, London 2012, Olympics, Shaun White, Summer Olympics

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