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Shaun White withdraws from Olympic slopestyle

White Hurts Wrist During Training Run


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Shaun White pulled out of the Olympic slopestyle contest Wednesday after being dinged up on a course that riders are criticizing as unduly harsh.

White issued a statement to the "Today" show, saying that after much deliberation, he has decided to forgo the new snowboarding event and concentrate on halfpipe, where he will try for his third straight gold medal next week.

White, who was among the favorites in the new Olympic event, jammed his left wrist during practice Tuesday and when he came off the slopestyle course. He called it "a little intimidating."

Slopestyle is a speed-packed trip down the mountain, filled with rails, bumps and, most notably, steeply angled jumps that allow riders to flip two, sometimes three times, before landing.

The 27-year-old snowboarding star has been dealing with a number of nagging injuries during a winter in which he's one of the few riders trying to compete in both events. The wrist added to a list that includes his shoulder and ankle, both injured during qualifying events for the U.S. team.

In the statement, he said, "the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on."

But he will compete in the halfpipe, which is essentially a hollowed-out ice shell with 22-foot sidewalls. There is danger there, but unlike slopestyle, it's based mostly on the types of tricks the riders try and not the setup of the pipe.

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dvdfrnzwbr February 06 2014 at 9:11 AM

The IOC is whack. These winter extreme sporting events require perfect snow conditions to cushion landings and can't be competed just anywhere in the World.

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Karen February 06 2014 at 1:29 AM

We are proud of you no matter what you decide. You have done your best and represented your sports and America well. Best of luck to you.

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bonnieamurray February 05 2014 at 11:50 PM

PS I thought it was just the wrist/angle of 1/2 P ..You're still the best of the best!

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bonnieamurray February 05 2014 at 11:45 PM

Is it the high end sponsers ?? ? or the real deal??? Shaun,you've been there and done that....Right?

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fordjp29 February 05 2014 at 8:55 PM

Just stay safe. You will do just great..

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cduhon1 February 05 2014 at 8:02 PM

Shaun White is the most Talented Halfpipe Skier, hopefully he can take another Gold Medal for the United States. Shaun White I will be praying for you

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kimmieizey February 05 2014 at 11:50 AM

if Shaun White is pulling out it must be a dangerous course

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cbploof February 05 2014 at 10:57 AM

I am somewhat dismayed that the AOL "zoom function" has been disabled.

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drrich100 February 05 2014 at 10:18 AM

Sochi is looking more and more marginal as a venue

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Doug February 05 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bummer for Shawn and the USA.

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