Shaun White Injured, Shaun White injured his ankle practicing for the FIS World Cup slopestyle competition at the Winter Games NZ in Cardrona, New Zealand, on Sunday, forcing him to withdraw from the event.
White has not yet met the minimum requirements for Olympic qualification for slopestyle, which include, among other things, a top-30 finish in a World Cup event.
The point was rendered moot on Monday, however, when the men’s slopestyle event was canceled due to weather. Heavy fog and wind has plagued competition since Friday, which is scheduled to run throughout the week, causing delays and modifications to the freeski halfpipe finals, as well as qualification and practice cancellations for snowboard slopestyle.
Because two women’s World Cup events have been canceled during the qualification period so far, compared to just one for the men, organizers made the women’s event a priority. Riders tried to capitalize on temporary moments of fog clearing to run two qualifying heats and a final late Sunday afternoon.
@shaunwhite via InstagramShaun White posts a picture of his sprained ankle he suffered in practice of the FIS World Cup slopestyle competition in slopestyle, an Olympic qualifier, on Sunday.
X Games slopestyle gold medalists Jamie Anderson and Jenny Jones took the first and second spots on the podium, respectively, followed by Cheryl Maas in third.