Shaun White out of Olympic slopestyle – riders react on Twitter

Shortly after the news broke that Shaun White had pulled out of Olympic slopestyle, riders took to social media and threw in their two roubles.

Seb Toots is just one of the riders who’ve tweeted about the ‘White Out’. Photo: Scott Serfas.

Even before Shaun made his decision, some riders had refuted reports that the course was overly dangerous or improperly built. His American teammate Sage Kotsenburg was one of those giving it a bit of ‘dry your eyes’:


Still, Mr. White decided today that the risk of injury was apparently too high. Canada‘s Seb Toots weighed in with the (admittedly popular) suggestion that Shaun didn’t want to play anymore when it became clear he wouldn’t be competitive: 


It was a sentiment shared by another top Canuck, X Games winner Max Parrot (who has since deleted his tweet):


Shaun’s compatriot and fellow Olympic medallist Scotty Lago was more supportive, implying that he had the ginger ninja pegged for a top-three finish in slopestyle:


Then Sage weighed in again, we’re assuming with reference to Shaun-gate:


Veteran X Games commentator Sal Masekela tried to look at things slightly more from Shaun’s perspective, it seems:


Meanwhile the BBC’s Ed Leigh suggested that the Quebecois twosome of Toots and Parrot may be on to something, while also showing some sympathy for the Yank who’s place Shaun has used up (Kyle Mack, to be precise). Ed’s fellow commentator Tim Warwood agreed:



Danny Davis, never the biggest fan of Shaun’s, couldn’t resist twisting the knife a little on Instagram:


Nothing from Mark McMorris so far – perhaps the famous Canadian politeness has finally kicked in? And Kyle hasn’t commented either… yet. We’ll sign off with some wisdom from the brilliant Todd Richards:

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