Posted February 06, 2014

Canadian snowboarder calls Shaun White ‘scared’ for pulling out of slopestyle

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Shaun White (Alberto Pizzoli/Getty Images)

Shaun White, 27, will try for a third straight gold medal on the halfpipe. (Alberto Pizzoli/Getty Images)

Shaun White pulled out of the Olympic slopestyle competition on Wednesday after he jammed his wrist on a practice run one day earlier on a course he later called “intimidating.”

White was among the favorites for the event. He will still compete on the halfpipe, an event in which he’s won the last two gold medals.

Said White in a statement to the “Today” show: ”The potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on.”

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Two of his Canadian rivals — Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant — don’t see it that way.

The 19-year-old Parrot, who was the 2014 X Games gold medalist in slopestyle, said White pulled out of the event because he knew he couldn’t win and was “scared” in a tweet that was later deleted.

Toutant, 21, the 2011 and 2013 winner in slopestyle at the X Games, said in a tweet, “Mr. White… It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win…”

Parrot later apologized for causing a stir.

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49 comments
rwm52
rwm52

Congrats to Parrot for winning the...Oh, wait. He didn't win. Congratulations to Sage Kotsenburg for winning 1st gold ever in styleslope and 1st gold in Sochi. For the USA! Style beats trash talk.

JuanPeinado
JuanPeinado

Canadians just can't being their resentful, jealous weasel  selves.

slammerssoftball
slammerssoftball

I'm just chalking it all up to trash talk, although Canadians are usually not known for that sort of thing.  I'm thinking that Shaun White has the experience to know what he's talking about and I'd accept his judgment of the safety of the course. 

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

The leafblowers come to the forefront every 4 years dot they?  We'll get you in hockey!!! 

gregoryproctor18
gregoryproctor18

Having just spent the day with several Americans and being a Canadian in Mexico, I find it hard when ignorance overrides intelligence. Whatever side of the border you're from, you're immature, vile filled comments really aren't necessary.  They are probably better spent talking into the garbage can from whence they came.

JD7878
JD7878

God you Americans are degenerates which is why nobody in the world can stand you pathetic excuses for human beings

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

look at one of the favorites before the course change a norwegian broken collar bone and he was a gold medal favorite

didymus
didymus

I hope Parrot cansnowboard better than he can communicate 

"offence anyone"  and "riders underlights" - what on earth does that mean?

Not a great recovery from having put his foot in his mouth

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Shaun White has won just about every single competition that exist in this 'sport'. For some twit that no one has ever even heard of to call him 'scared' would be laughable. Except that no one has ever even heard of him.

True Fan
True Fan

Just Tweets. It's easy to talk smack over Twitter but face to face, not so much.

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

No one gives a crap about the winter olympics

TheDudeSpeaks
TheDudeSpeaks

Whatever. Shaun is the only reason these dudes will ever receive any cred. He has blossomed the sport beyond anything they could've accomplished. They should be praising him, not talking ish.

Alex41
Alex41

Canada would've dominated this event whether White competed or not, he prob didn't want to lose/risk injury when he has the halfpipe coming up, which White should win

KristopherLohmuller
KristopherLohmuller

What a punk. I assume he'd be happy if Shaun killed himself in an accident on a slopestyle course that many competitors have questioned. 

Listening
Listening

The 19-year-old Parrot, who was the 2014 X Games gold medalist in slopestyle, said White pulled out of the event because he knew he couldn’t win and was “scared” 

Maybe White is scared.....

BradPitt
BradPitt

I've only heard of Shaun White

KellyHenderson
KellyHenderson

Ya okay, like your Kearney girl didn't throw a hissy fit because our Canadian girls took home the gold and silver , and said her career was over and winced through the whole medal ceremony. You want to talk about ungracious losers your country always falters when we beat you in hockey every time.

tfaw
tfaw

@lebanon_levi  nobody knows.  the games have become way too bloated and are now built on a foundation of ioc corruption.  i might see if there is a hot lady figure skater on the schedule, but will skip all the other garbage.  

rainman90
rainman90

@gregoryproctor18  "YOU'RE immature, vile filled comments really aren't necessary."


What was that you were saying about ignorance overriding intelligence?

tfaw
tfaw

@JD7878  how did this become an american issue?  your use of the word 'nobody' discredits your pointless whining, btw.

matthewmhunter
matthewmhunter

@JD7878   jealousy is always an ugly and pathetic thing. Oh well, you're irrelevant. But I suspect you already know that or else you'd have no reason to post. 

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

@Rickapolis You haven't heard of him, so you assume no one has. Try again. He won gold at the X-Games, which ain't bad. Lots of people have heard of him.

By the way, if you're defending Shaun White, it hurts your argument to write 'sport.' If it's a non-sport, why do you care at all?

Chamboknows
Chamboknows

@Rickapolis  anyone who watches  the sport more than once every 4 years knows who Parrot is....but thanks for playing. 

Begbie_1
Begbie_1

@rainman90  No the ussa sucks-it has a Marxist,Islamist Lady-boy on the down-low as it's President.20,000 Drones in it's skies-confiscating guns when Canada got rid of the gun Registry and the hate speach laws.After amnesty you'll all be speaking Spanish-your country is OWNED by China and you suck at the Winter Games. Your Gop is as bad as your DemoNazis.You are getting the worst Health Care sutem IN THE WORLD.We are being inundated with requests for immigration by you Doodles.The ussa is one big fkd up California.

Listening
Listening

@rainman90  

Canada doesn't suck....  they have Justin Beaver....  I mean Bieber!  Hahahahahaha

Chris8
Chris8

@Chamboknows @Rickapolis "anyone who watches  the sport more than once every 4 years"

That's the point.  Nobody does.  Which is why these guys are irrelevant.  

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

@Listening @rainman90It's Americans who made Bieber popular, just like Celine Dion or Bryan Adams. Canada is too small to make these things into major pop culture forces.

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@myhandlerules @Listening@rainman90"Major pop culture forces?" I'd be curious of your definition - it seems that it's more an "American pop culture force" than one in general. Just because it doesn't happen in the U.S. doesn't mean it's non-existent. Therefore just because Canada doesn't spread their pop culture, doesn't mean they aren't "forces" - it still matters and is talked about north of the border, thereby creating a "force" that spreads the word.