Slopestyle Event Causing Injuries, Shaun White Bows out
The Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, a slopestyle course built for the first slopestyle event in Olympic history, has left so many athletes with injuries that snowboarder Shaun White announced he will not be competing in the event. White's announcement came at a Sochi press conference after he fell Tuesday and jammed his left wrist on the course. Several competitors complained of injuries, but it was not until Torstein Horgmo of Norway fell off a rail and broke his collarbone, knocking him out of the Games, that the course underwent modifications. Even with the rails waxed, transitions smoothed and jumps reduced by six feet, athletes are still wary of injuries. White said his main focus will be the men's halfpipe, an event that will make him the first American man to win three Olympic gold medals in a single event should he win.
By Jordan Moses
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