Shaun White has vacillated about whether to compete in the Winter X Games this week in Aspen or concentrate on the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.
On Thursday, he made up his mind. After committing to the event earlier in the week, the snowboarder now will skip the X Games, where he was to enter superpipe and slopestyle competition. An eight-time superpipe and five-time slopestyle gold medalist, he had never missed an X Games Aspen event. The news was reported by ESPN.
“I’ve been competing in the X Games since I was 13 years old, they are a huge part of why I am where I am and they are vital to the sport,” White said, according to ESPN.com. “Unfortunately, when I arrived at the mountain and looked over the schedule, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to complete the kind of training I know I need in order to prepare for Sochi. It’s an incredibly tough decision for me and it’s not something I take lightly.”
White qualified for Sochi in slopestyle, which is making its Olympic debut, and in halfpipe, in which he is the two-time defending Olympic champion.