Shaun White to Contend in X Games Halfpipe

First time competing since Sochi

This will be White's first halfpipe event since Sochi. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding)
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe finals 2013 sprint u.s. snowboarding grand prix grand prix park city

Two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White will make his return to competition after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Sochi Olympics, according to ESPN.

Before last year, White was virtually unstoppable in halfpipe competitions. He won back-to-back gold medals at the Turin and Vancouver Olympics in 2006 and 2010, respectively, and hasn’t lost at the X Games since 2007. He delivered inconsistent performances in 2014, suffered various injuries, and did not compete in last year’s X Games.

This weekend, White is in the unusual position of the underdog. “I show up and want to do the best I can, and obviously doing well at this event competing … would be great,” he said at a press conference announcing his return. “It’d be a nice refresh after everything that happened at the Olympics.”

The snowboard halfpipe final airs Thursday, January 22, at 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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