Slopestyle? More like NOPEstyle!
Say it ain’t so!
He pulled out because of the risk of injury associated with the course — if he gets injured there, he won’t win where he’s got a great shot!
Here’s what that Olympic Ginger said:
“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. 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 a part being a part of.”
At 27 years old, he injured himself during the practice run on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course on Tuesday. He jammed his wrist:
“With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on. It’s been a challenge.”
It’s a big bummer but we totally understandsies!
He’s now focusing on the men’s halfpipe… which is a snowy course that looks like a pipe cut in half horizontally, not a dude’s semi-boner.
We hope he rides it hard and comes away satisfied!