Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22
Shaun White has reportedly decided not to compete in the 2014 X Games, despite previous reports. SportsCenter reports that White will be pulling out of the games in order to focus his attention on the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi:
THIS JUST IN: Shaun White pulls out of X Games Aspen in order to prepare for Winter Olympics.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2014
Shaun White has finally made up his mind and decided to participate in the 2014 Winter X Games.
After announcing he'd pass on Winter X Games, Shaun White will compete in Superpipe & Slopestyle events in Aspen. » http://t.co/LRD7gv7nZa— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 21, 2014
According to the staff of XGames.com, the superstar snowboarder told organizers Tuesday, Jan. 21, that he would compete in both the superpipe and slopestyle events.
White’s decision will certainly please his legion of fans, many of whom were unsure if the 27-year-old was actually going to take his talents to Aspen this year. White will now participate in two events in the X Games, which run from Jan. 23 through Jan. 26, before turning his focus to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Per XGames.com, White indicated last week that he wasn’t going to compete again until Sochi:
So far, the plan is still not to attend X. Especially considering how much work this has been to qualify for the Olympics. It's that time of, what do I really want to work on before the Olympics and you've only got one week to really crank it out.
Is White making the right choice?
The California native has traditionally dominated in the Winter X Games and hasn’t missed a single year since making his debut as a 13-year-old in 2000. He has been immensely successful in recent years, having won eight superpipe and five slopestyle gold medals at the annual showcase.
"The Flying Tomato" also has three silvers (two in superpipe and one in slopestyle) and two bronze medals (both from slopestyle) in his vast collection of X Games hardware.
White has big plans after Aspen, as he will be participating in the first-ever slopestyle competition in the upcoming Olympics, as well as the half-pipe event that he won gold medals in at Vancouver in 2010 and Turin in 2006.
It will be interesting to see which event White will choose to uncork some of the new moves he has been hinting at for both the half-pipe and slopestyle runs.
According to XGames.com, White gave fans a glimpse of his frontside double cork 1440 in a video released in December, while also being excited about pulling off an insane cab double 1440 (now known as the "YOLO flip") to win at Mammoth.
"That's the first time I've done [the cab double 1440] in a contest, let alone doing a double cork into it," White said. "I've been waiting to break it out."
Make sure you tune in to watch White at both the X Games and 2014 Winter Olympics over the next few weeks, as he is almost guaranteed to pull out thrilling new moves.