American snowboarder Shaun White suffered a jammed wrist injury during a practice run on the Winter Games' slopestyle course in Sochi, Russia. However, the nature of the ailment shouldn't leave the two-time Olympic gold medalist's status in doubt.
The Associated Press' Eddie Pells reported the news on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The slopestyle course has generated buzz for its difficulty, and in a practice run, White jammed his wrist to brace his fall off a big ramp.
Norway's Torstein Horgmo was already knocked out of the Winter Games with a broken collarbone he suffered on Monday, Feb. 3. Injuries such as those are something that resonates with White and makes the difficult course all the more daunting, per Pells:
It's frustrating to see it. It puts a damper on the whole mood and it's kind of like you're getting ready to do a big trick and you see something like that. Intimidating. Unfortunate. I'm hoping the builders can make some changes and the course has a little more of a friendly vibe. But I can't change the course. Just doing the best I can.
White immediately became one of the best-known members of the United States' winter delegation after his success at the 2006 Turin Games. He dominated the competition en route to a gold medal in the halfpipe after emerging on the extreme sports landscape in the years prior.
The California native backed up that success with another halfpipe gold in Vancouver four years ago. He was once again a step above the competition, posting near-perfect scores that his competition simply couldn't match.
Heading into this year's Games in Sochi, White talked with the official Olympic site about coming to understand what it means to represent your country. He also said his main focus was attempting to defend the halfpipe title despite the addition of slopestyle:
Each time is its own time. I was 19 at the first one (in 2006) and I didn't know what it meant to be an Olympian. I didn't know what it meant to win a gold medal. The second time in Vancouver, I knew what was going to happen and I really wanted to go and do it again, to cement who I was. This time around it’s completely different again because there’s another event involved. My priority is to hang on to my halfpipe title.
White dealt with multiple injury problems as he attempted to qualify for the Olympics. Of course, injuries come with the territory in extreme sports, especially for a star like White as he's pushing the limits in an attempt to set the new standard.
More information about his latest injury setback should be available shortly after further evaluation. Obviously the hope by White, the American Olympic delegation and his supporters is that the scare doesn't end up being too serious.
Along with his Olympic success, White has also enjoyed plenty of X Games success both as a snowboarder in winter and a skateboarder in summer.
Further details about his injury situation will be passed along when announced.
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