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Shaun White Drops Out Of Dangerous Olympic Slopestyle Event

Wed, February 5, 2014 10:27am EDT by Shaunna Murphy 2 Comments
Shaun White Olympic Slopestyle

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has officially dropped out of the Olympic slopestyle contest after injuring his wrist during practice. Find out what he had to say below!

Shaun White has officially decided to play it safe. The 27-year-old heavily favored Olympic snowboarder will no longer be competing in the inaugural slopestyle event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White Drops Out Of Olympic Slopestyle Event

The slopestyle competition, in which competitors are judged on a variety of tricks they do on rails, boxes and jumps, has caused concern for several snowboarders, and Shaun told the Today show exclusively that he will instead stay focused on winning the halfpipe.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Shaun White Drops Out

Shaun added that his own injury — a jammed wrist he obtained on Tuesday — wasn’t the only factor in his decision.

“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,” he added.

Overall, Shaun’s decision seems to be a wise one — according to Today, Finland’s Roope Tonteri also expressed concerns about the slopstyle course, saying, “I just don’t want to get injured. It’s not a really fun course to ride.” Also, another Finnish snowboarder named Marika Enne crashed on the course’s final jump and was taken out on a stretcher after hitting her head, and Torstein Horgmo of Norway fell off of a rail and broke his collarbone, knocking him out of the Games entirely.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were you excited to see Shaun White in the slopestyle event? Do you think dropping out was a good idea?

— Shaunna Murphy

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