Shaun White wipes out on first run of Olympic slopestyle qualifier
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White fell face-first onto the snow during his first run in an Olympic slopestyle qualifier on Thursday in northern California, according to the Associated Press.
Widely believed to be the greatest snowboarder ever, the 13-time Winter X Games champion reportedly crashed while trying a double flip on the second big jump of the course.
“He stayed on the ground for a minute or two and was attended to by medical staff before he made his way down the mountain under his own power,” the AP reported, adding that he “rode gingerly off the mountain.”
White attempted his second run but pulled up early, according to the Associated Press.
On his second run, he came up a half-rotation short on his first big jump, lost speed on the landing and pulled off to the side, then rode slowly down the mountain.
White took the bronze in a World Cup slopestyle event in Colorado earlier this month, but he still needs another high finish to secure a spot on the Olympic team in that discipline.
White’s two Olympic gold medals came on the halfpipe.