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Shaun White withdraws from Sochi event

Shaun White withdraws from Sochi event

SHAUN WHITE: 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, Feb. 3. Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Double halfpipe Olympic champion Shaun White has pulled out of the slopestyle event at the Sochi Games, U.S. Snowboarding said on Wednesday.

SPECIAL SECTION: 2014 Winter Olympics

“Olympic champion Shaun White announced late Wednesday Sochi time that he was withdrawing from slopestyle to keep his focus on winning an unprecedented third straight gold for Team USA in halfpipe,” U.S. Snowboarding said in a statement on its website.

White won the 2006 and 2010 halfpipe titles.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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