Snowboarding superstar Shaun White announced Wednesday that he's pulling out of the slopestyle event at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
White told NBC News, “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. 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 of.”
White has a minor wrist injury, but denies that's the reason why he dropped out the of slopestyle event, although he did say "there is some truth" to reports the course is dangerous. On Monday, another medal contender broke his collarbone on the course, and changes were made to it on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At a press conference on Wednesday, White downplayed his wrist injury, OC:...something serious. :18 [Courtesy of Reuters]
"I'm feeling healthy. I mean, I think it was blown out of proportion a little bit about my wrist the other day on the slope course. I definitely jammed it, but snowboarding you get bumps and bruises all the time -- it was ankle, it was the shoulder. It's all these things but they kind of come and go, which is nice. It wasn't something serious."
Thank you so much for stopping by my page for a visit! For those of you new to WMUS, I'll give you a little bit of insight into who Mark Dixon is. For those of you who have been around for some time, you pretty much know everything about me. My life is pretty much an open book.
I've come by my career in broadcasting honestly, having grown up in Kalamazoo as a son of a radio disc jockey. My father was a DJ at WKZO and was the long time "voice" of TV Channel 3 (WKZO, currently WWMT). Years later, my career in radio began in 1978 in the small town of Ottawa, Ohio. From there I had a short stint in Lima, Ohio. Since 1988 my family has called WMUS and West Michigan home.
My interests are bicycling, deer and turkey hunting, bowling, golf, and computers (I've become quite a geek late in life.). I also enjoyed coaching my son in soccer when he went to Fruitport
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