Shaun White suffered an injury during practice that has caused him to withdraw from the World Cup Halfpipe event happening at the Winter Games NZ this weekend in Cardrona. We are not aware of how the injury occurred, but according to the press release from the event, White said, "Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off. I'm heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month. "
White also posted to Instagram to address the injury.
Not exactly the birthday I was hoping for …..I under rotated a double flip that sent me to the hospital. The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine but after the tests all came back looking good I was released to go home. Life's going to knock you down…. get up, learn from your mistakes, and you'll be better for it! see you back on the mountain soon🏂
With the two-time Olympic gold medalist looking towards the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later this season, we wish Shaun a quick recovery and are excited to see him back on snow. We will update the story as we find out more. Full press release below.
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (6 September 2017) - As a result of a crash in training earlier in the week, two-time Olympic gold-medallist Shaun White will no longer be competing in the Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday (8-9 September) as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.
"I took a crash while practising for the event," said White. "Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off. I'm heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month."
"We wish Shaun all the best for a rapid recovery," said Winter Games NZ Freeski & Snowboard Manager, Eric Zerrenner. "We were certainly looking forward to watching him to compete. Having an eight-time Winter X-Games Superpipe Champion on the start list brings an extra level of excitement to our event and reflects the calibre of this competition."
Zerrenner emphasises that while it is disappointing not to have White competing at the Winter Games NZ, the World Cup will still be contested by a world-class field. Names to watch include two-time world champion Scotty James (AUS), Sochi Olympic silver and bronze medallists Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan, and American Danny Davis, one of the most stylish and creative pipe riders on the competition circuit.
The women's start list also boasts a star-studded line-up, headed by Americans Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark two of the most successful snowboarders of all time. With an X Games medal, multiple World Cup wins and a World Championship title to her name, China's Xuetong Cai is also at the top of her game and will have her sights set on a podium finish.
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