Yesterday, Shaun White (Team USA), one of the biggest names in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, has pulled out of the Slopestyle event declaring that he believes the course to be, ”too risky.”
His decision follows an incident on the course during practice runs in which a Norwegian contestant broke his collarbone. Not long before this, White himself had jarred his knee on the Slopestyle course when practicing and with the risks mounting; he has withdrawn from this event.
It is believed that alterations to the course have now been made in order to safe guard the other contestants.
White will still participate in other events and we will all be watching with bated breath as he attempts to achieve his third Gold Medal for the Halfpipe event. He previously won Gold on the Halfpipe at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics – can he make it a hatrick? We will soon see.
A flying start for Team Great Britain…
British Snowboarder, Jamie Nicholls, got off to an outstanding start this morning, surprising judges and launching himself straight into the finals for the debuting and intimidating Slopstyle event.
Nicholls was competing against Billy Morgan who was more highly favored to win the title but this time Morgan sorely lost out. Morgan will get the chance to compete again at Saturday night’s semi-finals for his place in the final.
With the heat on and Nicholls having secured his place in the finals of the Slopestyle event at the Sochi Winter Olympics, we will be glued to our screens to see him battle for the Slopestyle title.