Shaun White Injured While Training in New Zealand

Shaun White at the Burton US Open in March 2017. p: Mark Clavin
Shaun White at the Burton US Open in March 2017. p: Mark Clavin

Shaun White injured himself while training for a World Cup Halfpipe event this week in Cardrona, New Zealand, according to a press release from Winter Games NZ. White said, "Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off. I'm heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month." Just recently celebrating his 31st birthday, the two-time Olympic gold medalist did not state whether this changed his plans to compete in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

White has since taken to Instagram to address the injury though, writing “Not exactly the birthday I was hoping for …..I under rotated a double flip that sent me to the hospital. The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine but after the tests all came back looking good I was released to go home. Life’s going to knock you down…. get up, learn from your mistakes, and you’ll be better for it! see you back on the mountain soon.”

As one of our recently named Mountain GOATs (Greatest Of All Time) and a hell of a talent to watch over the years, we wish Shaun a quick and strong recovery. See you back on the mountain soon!

Full press release below:

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (6 September 2017) – As a result of a crash in training earlier in the week, two-time Olympic gold-medallist Shaun White will no longer be competing in the Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday (8-9 September) as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.

"I took a crash while practising for the event," said White. "Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off. I'm heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month. "

"We wish Shaun all the best for a rapid recovery," said Winter Games NZ Freeski & Snowboard Manager, Eric Zerrenner. "We were certainly looking forward to watching him to compete. Having an eight-time Winter X-Games Superpipe Champion on the start list brings an extra level of excitement to our event and reflects the calibre of this competition."

Zerrenner emphasises that while it is disappointing not to have White competing at the Winter Games NZ, the World Cup will still be contested by a world-class field. Names to watch include two-time world champion Scotty James (AUS), Sochi Olympic silver and bronze medallists Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan, and American Danny Davis, one of the most stylish and creative pipe riders on the competition circuit.

The women's start list also boasts a star-studded line-up, headed by Americans Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark two of the most successful snowboarders of all time. With an X Games medal, multiple World Cup wins and a World Championship title to her name, China's Xuetong Cai is also at the top of her game and will have her sights set on a podium finish.