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Shaun White Won't Compete on Dangerous Olympic Slopestyle Course (Video)

| by Michael Allen

U.S. Olympic snowboarder Shaun White announced today that he would not compete in the Sochi Olympics' new snowboard slopestyle event because of the course.

White suffered a wrist injury during a practice run on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course.

“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,” White read in a statement, noted the "Today" show (video below).

“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,” added White.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Torstein Horgmo of the Norway team broke his collarbone during a practice run on Monday and is out of the Winter Olympic Games.

International ski federation official Roberto Moresi claimed the course didn't cause the accident, "[Horgmo] was just trying a really hard trick."

Mores said that some parts of the course would be smoothed down, but White still won't be competing.

To demonstrate how dangerous the snowboard slopestyle course is, Russian Olympian Alexey Sobolev wore a GoPro camera during a practice run (video below).

Sources: Today.com and Yahoo! Sports

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