The crazy dangerous Sochi slopestyle snowboarding course

Shaun White is out of the slopestyle competition at Sochi.

Good.

It’s stupidly dangerous, a freakishly challenging course that’s already injured two contestants, and the Olympics haven’t even begun yet.

Who knows? Maybe the Kevin Pearce experience and the Crash Reel movie got people thinking twice about taking chances like that.

Personally, I’m surprised and disappointed that the folks at Sochi would go for such a thing. This is the first time slopestyle has been in the Olympics, though, so maybe they just didn’t realize the gravity/impact.

Anyway, I’m really happy to see that Shaun White has his wits about him. I’m glad he can say “no” instead of diving in and potentially getting really, really hurt.

People who are looking to make money off competitive athletes are definitely not looking out for the athletes’ best interests, so they have to advocate for themselves.

And sometimes say “no”.

So, hats off to Shaun White. Good call.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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