I respect the fact that he is focusing on safety. That is alwasy the most important!
Shaun White announced he will not compete in the slopestyle snowbording event debuting in the Sochi games, saying the resk of risk of injury that is being associated with the course.
“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,” White said in a statement shared exclusively with TODAY. “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 being a part of. “
He made the announcement after he took a fall Tuesday and jammed his left wrist while on a practice run on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course.
“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.