Shaun White Pulls Out of Slopestyle in Sochi

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A pre-Olympic practice injury gave Shaun White second thoughts about the Slopestyle course in Sochi. White pulled out of competition because he says the course is too dangerous. (Feb. 5)

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Sochi, Russia - 5 February 2014

1. Shaun White speaking from the news conference podium

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia - 4 February 2014

2. Still of Shaun White snowboarding off a jump on the Olympics Slopestyle course

3. Still of Shaun White snowboarding off a jump on the Olympics Slopestyle course

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Sochi, Russia - 5 February 2014

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White/US Snowboarder

"Yeah, I'm feeling healthy. I think it was blown out of proportion a little bit about my wrist the other day in the slope course. I definitely jammed it but it is nothing, you get bumps and bruises all of the time…it was the ankle, it was the shoulder. They kind of come and go which is nice. It wasn't something serious. You know I definitely have concerns about the course. It has been interesting to see how it has developed and changed over the past few days and I guess the big question is if it will continue to change."

5. News conference cutaway

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia - 4 February 2014

6. Still of Olympic worker looking at the Slopestyle course

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Stratton, Vermont - 10 March 2012

7. Various of Shaun White competing in the men's halfpipe finals at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships

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Sochi, Russia - 5 February 2014

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White/US Snowboarder

"I've trained the same in both. I think that definitely the halfpipe carries more weight because it is a defending situation."

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia - 4 February 2014

9. Various stills of injured snowboarders on the Slopestyle course

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Sochi, Russia - 5 February 2014

11. Reporter standup

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT

US OLYMPIC SNOWBOARD STAR SHAUN WHITE CRASHED DURING SLOPESTYLE PRACTICE AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS.

HE JAMMED HIS LEFT WRIST…BUT DOWNPLAYED THE SEVERITY OF THE INJURY DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White/US Snowboarder:

"Yeah, I'm feeling healthy. I think it was blown out of purportion a little bit about my wrist the other day in the slope course. I definitely jammed it but it is nothing, you get bumps and bruises all of the time…it was the ankle, it was the shoulder. They kind of come and go which is nice. It wasn't something serious. You know I definitely have concerns about the course. It has been interesting to see how it has developed and changed over the past few days and I guess the big question is if it will continue to change."

LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER PLAYING DOWN HIS INJURY, WHITE ISSUED A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING HIS DECISION TO PULL OUT OF THE SLOPESTYLE COMPETITION TO CONCENTRATE ON DEFENDING HIS HALFPIPE GOLD MEDAL.

AN EVENT HE HAS WON THE LAST TWO GAMES

SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White/US Snowboarder

"I've trained the same in both. I think that definitely the halfpipe carries more weight because it is a defending situation."

WHITE IS NOT THE ONLY COMPETITOR TO SUFFER INJURIES ON THE SLOPESTYLE COURSE…A WOMAN FROM FINLAND FELL HARD AND HIT HER HEAD AND A NORWEIGAN BROKE HIS COLLAR BONE.

MANY SNOWBOARDERS SAY THE COURSE IS TOO DANGEROUS.

STANDUP/MARK CARLSON:

WHITE SAYS THE RISK OF INJURY IS TOO HIGH ON THE SLOPESTYLE COURSE…SO HE BOWED OUT.

THE US OLYMPIC TEAM ALREADY LOST ITS OTHER BIG NAME STAR TO INJURY, LINDSEY VONN, BEFORE THE GAMES EVEN STARTED.

MARK CARLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS, SOCHI.

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