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Twitter reflects upon Shaun White dropping slopestyle

Shaun White

men’s snowboard superpipe final at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on December 14, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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News of Shaun White’s decision to pull out of the Sochi Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition rippled through Twitter on Wednesday, prompting some very candid reactions from his competitors and onlookers alike.

Here are some of the highlights.

Mr. White... It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win...

— Sebastien Toutant (@SebToots) February 5, 2014

Shaun drops out of slope in Sochi! The podium just opened up a tiny bit

— Scotty Lago (@scottylago) February 5, 2014

A bummer that Shaun White has pulled out of slopestyle, but trust me, the Canadian trio of McMorris, Toutant and Parrot won’t disappoint

— Alex Goldberger (@alexgoldberger) February 5, 2014

Brave move by Shaun White. Tough to not just go with inertia.

— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) February 5, 2014

Update: Parrot reacted to the reactions to his reaction moments ago:

I’m sorry if I offence anybody. I just meant that it’s not as fun to compete at the Olympics when the riders underlights aren’t there.

— Maxence Parrot (@MaxParrot) February 5, 2014

Shaun White pulls out of slopestyle; Canadians react

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