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Shaun White entered in first slopestyle event since Sochi Olympics

Shaun White

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Shaun White of the United States reacts after competing in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Shaun White is entered in halfpipe and slopestyle for next week’s U.S. Open in Vail, Colo., which would mark his first slopestyle competition since he pulled out the day before the event at the Sochi Olympics.

White, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic halfpipe champion, qualified to compete in the event’s Olympic debut in Sochi but pulled out the day before it started, citing injury risk on the modified course.

He later finished fourth in the Sochi Olympic halfpipe.

“I would be lying to say I didn’t maybe bite off a little more than I could chew for this [past] Olympics, just training-wise, it was a gauntlet to try to do both [halfpipe and slopestyle],” White said on “SI Now” on Sept. 16, 2014. “I’m probably more poised to compete in slopestyle in the next Olympics.”

White’s slopestyle competition at the U.S. Open will not include Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg (concussion) or two-time reigning Winter X Games champion Mark McMorris (broken leg).

Since Sochi, White finished fourth at the January 2015 Winter X Games halfpipe and won the December 2015 Dew Tour Mountain Championships halfpipe.

At the U.S. Open, White is expected to face in halfpipe Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano, Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka and 2014 and 2015 Winter X Games champion Danny Davis.

In women’s halfpipe, three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark and two-time reigning Winter X Games champion Chloe Kim are expected to face off again.

The slopestyle finals are March 4 and the halfpipe finals March 5 on Red Bull TV.

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