Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle event in Sochi

Shaun White has withdrawn from the slopestyle event in Sochi, according to a statement given to The Today Show.

“After much deliberation with my team, I have made the decision to focus solely on trying to bring home the third straight gold medal in halfpipe for Team USA,” White said in a statement, according to The Today Show. “The difficult decision to forego slopestyle is not one I take lightly as I know how much effort everyone has put into holding the slopestyle event for the first time in Olympic history, a history I had planned on being part of.”
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 04: Shaun White of the United States hikes up the course during Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

U.S. snowboarder White waits in line during a breakdown of the chairlift at snowboard slopestyle training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White waits in line during a breakdown of the chairlift at snowboard slopestyle training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

U.S. snowboarder White goes off a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White goes off a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. snowboarder White cruises out of the finish area during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White cruises out of the finish area during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Shaun White of the United States takes a jump during a Snowboard Slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)