(NEW YORK) -- Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White dropped a bombshell Wednesday morning, just two days ahead of the start of Olympic competition, by withdrawing from the brand new slopestyle snowboarding event at the Sochi Games.
"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 said in a statement provided to ABC News. “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. However, with the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on."
White had been practicing on the slopestyle course Tuesday when he injured his wrist and said he didn’t want to risk further injury.
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