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American snowboard star White pulls out of Olympic slopestyle

American snowboard star White pulls out of Olympic slopestyle
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Two-time defending Olympics halfpipe champion Shaun White has pulled out of the slopestyle event due to safety concerns.

The American snowboarding star said he withdrew from the slopestyle – which is making its debut at the Games – because he did not want to risk his chances of winning a third halfpipe gold.

On Tuesday White hurt his wrist in a fall on the course which has come under heavy criticism by competitors who believe it to be too dangerous.

After confirming his withdrawl from the event the 27-year-old San Diego native played down his injuries from Tuesday’s crash.

He said: “I am feeling healthy. I think it was blown out of proportion about my wrist the other day on the slope course. I definitely jammed it but you get bumps and bruises all the time. It was the ankle, it was the shoulder it was all these things but they kind of come and go, which is nice, it wasn’t something serious.’‘

White’s decision comes after Norwegian medal hope and triple X games gold medallist Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone in a training crash on the course on Monday and was ruled out of the Games.

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