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Shaun White Withdraws From Olympic Slopestyle

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February 05, 2014 AT 8:33 AM
US Olympian Shaun White has pulled out of the Olympic slopestyle contest Wednesday after being dinged up on a course that riders are criticizing as unduly harsh. White issued a statement to the "Today" show, saying that after much deliberation, he has decided to forgo the new snowboarding event and concentrate on halfpipe, where he will try for his third straight gold medal next week.