Olympic snowboarder Shaun White decided to forego his opportunity to compete in the first-ever Snowboard Slopestyle event in this year’s Winter Olympics. The last-minute decision was especially controversial, since it prevented another competitor from taking his place due to the late call.
A media frenzy has been on his tail to understand the reasoning behind why indeed White pulled out of the event, despite his public statement about focusing on the Halfpipe event to chase a third consecutive gold medal.
Shaun White interviews after the Mammoth Grand Prix. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk
Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle competitor Sebastian Toutant tweeted, “Mr. White… It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win…”
Olympic competitor Chas Guldemond posted: “People say the course is not safe, but they are wrong. The jumps are sick and the flow is really good… I am real bummed that one our fellow American boys is not here to ride with us because somebody decided not to compete today. Pretty Lame.”
Shaun White responded to critics about pulling out of the Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle event in a recent press conference. Here’s what he had to say:
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Despite the controversy, Shaun White is the favorite to win gold in Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe. If Danny Davis can’t stop him, White could be the first to win three consecutive gold medals in the event. Here’s a clip from his winning qualifying run on his road to Sochi: