White pulls out of slopestyle event
Shaun White, the world’s most famous snowboarder, pulled out of the new Olympic event slopestyle to give himself a better chance in halfpipe.
The Associated Press
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White jammed his wrist on one jump and watched the world’s best snowboarders join him in tumbling down the supersized, super-scary Olympic slopestyle course.
Quickly, his choice became clear: Time to step away from the danger and give himself a better chance in the event he knows he can win.
The world’s most famous snowboarder pulled out of the new Olympic event Wednesday, saying that after much deliberation, he has decided to bypass a chance at winning two gold medals at these games and instead concentrate on the halfpipe, where he’ll have a chance to win his third straight title next week.
“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 said in a statement.
The world’s most decorated rider, White’s decision was a stunner that dealt yet another blow to the Sochi Games. They have been wracked by security threats and political dustups, along with the loss of at least one other headliner, injured U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn.
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