Shaun White Makes Surprising Announcement

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While the slopestyle event has not yet made its official Olympic debut yet, it is already one of the most talked about Olympic topics.

Unfortunately, it's not just due to anticipation of the intense snowboard course.

While there are inherent risks in essentially any sporting event, a few athletes have already been injured on the slopestyle course and for Shaun White, it's just too much risk for him to undertake at this time.

In a statement to the TODAY show, Shaun revealed that after a lot of thought, he's made the difficult decision to pull out of the event.

"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 Olympics goals on," he explained.

A lot of people were looking forward to seeing the decorated Olympian compete in the event, but he'll still be competing in half-pipe, so we have that to look forward to.

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