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Shaun White Drops out of Slopestyle in Sochi

Shaun White announced Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the Snowboard Slopestyle due to an injured wrist from training for today’s competition.

His wrist was jammed during practice runs. His withdrawal from Slopestyle comes as a shock but with good reason; as he stated to NBC Sports, “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 Olympic goals on.”

Though White is withdrawing from Slopestyle, he will be competing on the Halfpipe on Tuesday. That will be his main focus for this year’s Olympics. According to NBC Sports, riders have expressed concern for the course safety after Norwegian medal contender Torstein Horgmo broke a collarbone in a crash during Monday’s three hour training session. He has subsequently withdrawn from the competition and changes to the course have been proposed.

Shaun White has won every Winter X Games Slopestyle from 2003 to 2006 and finished fifth at the 2013 Winter X Games. He didn’t enter this year because he is an Olympic contender.

Slopestyle will begin on today, Feb. 6 with the final on February 8 on Channel 7 for the Boston area.
The Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will be on Friday February 7 on NBC and NBC Sports at 8pm.

Colleen Moriaty is a staff writer and secretary for The Hub; she can be reached at moriatyc@emmanuel.edu or on Twitter @ColleenMoriaty

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