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American skateboarder and snowboarder Shaun White, known as the "Flying Tomato," is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He has also won multiple Summer and Winter X Games medals.
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One of the top contenders in 2014's Winter Olympics, White made the decision not to compete after discussing it with his teammates and calling the new course "intimidating."
The announcement also came after two snowboarders, Torstein Horgmo and Marika Enne, suffered injuries practicing on the daunting new course, which has been criticized as being too hazardous. With the remaining three American snowboarders failing to qualify for the slopestyle,
there is no representation from the U.S. in the event. White instead decided to focus his attention on the halfpipe.
While participating in the halfpipe event, White was expected to take home the gold. However, the snowboarder placed lower than anticipated, bring coming in fourth place for the United States. Russian competitor Iouri Podladtchikov took home the gold and Japanese snowboarders Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka took won the silver and bronze metals, respectively.
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