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Take A Run On The Sochi Slopestyle Course That Shaun White Refuses To Ride

slopestyle sochiWe’re not snowboarders, so we don’t know how Sochi’s slopestyle course, the first of its kind at the Winter Olympics, stacks up against similar runs. But Shaun White isn’t interested in competing on it this February, and it’s already knocked out another competitor from the Games altogether.

Thanks to Russian Olympian Alexey Sobolev and the increasingly ubiquitous GoPro, us commoners are now able to see what the fuss is all about. Take a run through Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and let us know if you’d be down to potentially break your collarbone on it.


  • vaporware

    I think I see what Shaun White is referring to
    -man, those Russian straight lines are so deceptive.

  • rocknroll1343

    look. theres no point in criticizing shauns decision. hes proved time and time again that he will compete in terrible conditions and if he feels that this course is dangerous im going to trust his very expert opinion. he wouldnt drop out unless he had a really good reason to which im sure he does. it could be things this video doesnt show like possible hard ice on the course or just that his personal style of snowboarding isnt suited to this course for whatever reason. hes ridden on it before and sprained his wrist in practice. whatever he learned about the course from his practice mustve motivated his decision.

  • Edgar Alberto Anolin

    Dude, a ski jump is one long straight line. Doesn’t make it easy to ski. If it’s so icy or steep that you can’t control your speed, then the athletes have a harder time balancing safety with artistry. There has to be a balance.

  • vaporware

    Edgar, I do agree with your point as well as the difficulty each athlete faces. My earlier jab wasn’t so much a shot at Shaun White as it is with how unimpressive this and other videos display Slopestyle as a first time Olympic event. I believe Shaun White is disgusted with not only this event venue but also with the conditions he and all other athletes are having to ordeal while at these Games.

    I have never seen Shaun White perform, so I pulled up some videos
    -he is a master at his craft at which there is no equal. I also paid attention to the other venues he has performed in.




    I anticipate further negative views from athletes re: not only this event but other Sochi events as well.

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