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Trying to Avoid Injury, Shaun White Withdraws from Slopestyle

February 5th, 2014 at 7:01 PM
By Cody Dalga

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When two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White met with reporters on Wednesday, the press conference didn't go as many expected. Just a day before the Olympic Games were set to begin, the biggest name in snowboarding withdrew from the slopestyle event citing he wanted to prevent any risk of injury.

"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," said White 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 of."

]Numerous competitors have taken falls during practice runs this week. White was said to have jammed his wrist during a run Tuesday which seemed minimal compared to the damage to other competitors including a concussion and a broken collarbone.

White will attempt to win his third consecutive halfpipe gold medal this winter. He seems to be the heavy favorite among the competition. 

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

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