:?BBC Sport said:Snowboarder Shaun White has pulled out of the Sochi Winter Olympics slopestyle competition because of safety concerns.
The American will instead focus solely on winning a third consecutive gold medal in the halfpipe in Sochi but wouldn't have taken slopestyle on in the Olympics if he couldn't do it. He has no problems on the jumps but the rails are a battle for him.
I think he realised after training how technical the top of the course was going to be and knew that even if he landed two triple jumps a gold medal wasn't a given.
In his mind he would rather pull out than win a silver - or as he would call it, the first loser's medal.
White, 27, said the course was "a little intimidating" and needed further changes after Norwegian Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone on Monday.
Well, I did say it was a bit whacky.Are you sure this is for the olympics and not for The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings?
I did for sure....thought that was funny too.Nobody else caught this during the opening ceremony?
I understood it, I just didn't find it funny.Zzzzzzzzzzzzz they obviously didn't spend billions on the opening ceremony (or they did and those money are now in Switzerland) because this is dreadful and utterly boring.
The mascots are just creepy. Crap now they brought cars on stage, they're all gonna crash. Tatu music, very fresh...