Shaun White out of U.S. Open
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Shaun White will not compete at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vt., this week, because he requires foot surgery.
An e-mail statement from White's publicist Samantha Hill on Monday afternoon read: "Shaun is taking a short break from riding due to minor surgery he is having on his foot."
Hill declined to reveal the extent of White's injury, or when it occurred. White has not competed since winning a gold medal in halfpipe at Winter X Games 15 in January.
After winning his second Olympic gold medal in halfpipe at the Winter Games in Vancouver last year, White, 24, took nearly a year off from snowboarding competition. He returned at Winter X in Aspen, Colo., where he reasserted his dominance in SuperPipe by winning the discipline's first-ever four-peat. With an impressive run that included his signature double McTwist 1260, White earned a score of 97.33, tying a Winter X SuperPipe record.
This marks the third year in a row White will not compete at the U.S. Open, which is typically one of the last events of the competitive season. The oldest snowboarding competition and one of the most prestigious, the Open is the signature event for White's snowboard sponsor, Burton.
White has won the U.S. Open halfpipe event three times, the last time in 2008, when he also won slopestyle. At the U.S. Open last year he failed to show up for the semifinals and event officials later cited exhaustion as a factor. In 2009 White withdrew the morning of competition because of a bone chip in his left ankle, an injury that derailed his skateboarding season in the summer. A top vert skater, White has also won four X Games medals.
The U.S. Open slopestyle finals will take place Friday; halfpipe finals will be held on Saturday. Both the TTR World Tour overall champions and the Burton Global Open Series winners will be crowned following Saturday's events.