Olympian Shaun White made a big announcement via “Today” Wednesday (Feb. 5) — he will not be competing in the snowboarding slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, citing the dangerous nature of the event.
“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. However … the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on,” White says in a statement.
Slopestyle is a new Olympic event in both skiing and snowboarding that puts competitors on a specially-made mountain trail where they earn points by performing different types of tricks and getting the most height off of jumps.
White fell during a slopestyle training run earlier this week and injured his wrist, which perhaps is what spurred his decision to withdraw. He will still compete in the snowboarding halfpipe competition, for which he is the two-time defending gold medalist.
The Winter Olympics kick off Thursday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. ET, live streams available at NBCOlympics.com. The first primetime broadcast is Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.