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Shaun White pulls out of Slopestyle after injury

Shaun White pulls out of Slopestyle after injury

Rosa  Khutor, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Shaun White has decided to withdraw from the Olympic slopestyle event. 

White  will instead  concentrate  on  his preparations for  a third  straight halfpipe gold medal. 

"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  released by  U.S. Snowboarding.  

"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 part of." 

White hurt his wrist during a training run on Tuesday and had initially indicated that he wouldn't miss the event. 

"Shaun is the consummate professional and has made a sound athletic decision," said Jeremy Forster, USSA Snowboarding and Freeskiing director. "We anticipate an outstanding slopestyle  debut on Saturday, but also respect the importance to Shaun to keep his focus on winning a third halfpipe gold." 

The  slopestyle course has drawn criticism for its setup and has been modified after Monday's injury to Torstein Horgmo. The  Norwegian suffered  a broken collarbone and will miss the event. 

 

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