Shaun White under rotated on a double flip attempt during halfpipe practice at the Winter Games NZ this weekend, sending him to the hospital.
“The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine, but after all the tests came back looking good I was released to go home,” White wrote on Instagram.
The crash caused White to withdraw from the competition at Cardrona Alpine Resort, which was not a US team Olympic qualifying event.
“Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off,” said White. “I’m heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month.”
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🏂
The two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist had his hopes dashed for a third Olympic medal at Sochi in 2014 and is no doubt looking for redemption at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018.
Qualifying for the US Olympic team resumes December 7 – 10 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, followed by Dew Tour December 14 – 17 at Breckenridge, Colorado.
The final two team selection events will be held at Snowmass, Colorado January 10 – 13 and Mammoth Mountain, California January 17 – 20.
With only four spots available on the US pipe team the competition is sure to be heated.