US snowboarder White out of Winter Games
Olympic halfpipe snowboarding great Shaun White pulls out of the New Zealand Winter Games following a crash in training.
6 September 2017
Decorated American snowboarder Shaun White has been forced to pull out of the New Zealand Winter Games with injury.
One of the major drawcards at the 16-day event in the South Island, White crashed in training, ruling him out of the snowboard halfpipe later this week.
The two-time Winter Olympic champion has followed advice not to compete, giving him a chance to recuperate and launch a qualifying bid for next year's Games in South Korea.
"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," he said.
White, 30, has won 13 Winter X Games gold medals since 2003.
Winter Games official Eric Zerrenner said while it was disappointing to farewell White, the World Cup event on Friday and Saturday was still being contested by a world class field.
Names to watch include Australian two-time world champion Scotty James, and Sochi Olympic silver and bronze medallists Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan.
The women's start list is also star-studded, headed by multiple medal-winning Americans Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark.
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