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White dings left ankle, pulls out of slopestyle

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Shaun White is out of the slopestyle competition at the Winter X Games in Aspen after hurting his left ankle during a warm-up run.

White has been dealing with a sore left ankle that he aggravated during practice Thursday, then again Friday before preliminaries.

White said his priority this year was to ride in slopestyle, where he has won five Winter X Games gold medals. The sport has been added to the Olympics beginning in 2014.

After two years off, he returned to slopestyle last year but was unprepared and finished 13th. He said it was important to return to form so he could find out where he stands on with two years left before the Olympics.

White said he still plans on competing in the halfpipe Sunday.

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