U.S. snowboarder Shaun White goes off a jump during snowboard slopestyle training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
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American double Olympic champion Shaun White admitted that Sochi's daunting slopestyle course that has already claimed two injury victims presented an "intimidating" challenge.But White, the 27-year-old X Games pioneer, who has undergone a succession of knee and ankle injuries, insisted that the spectacular sport was full of dangers. The sport in which competitors perform on a slope featuring various forms of obstacles – rails, quarterpipes and jumps – has been blasted as too dangerous by a succession of athletes.Finnish snowboarder Marika Enne Tuesday became the second crash victim of the course. The 21-year-old Enne crash-landed on the final jump, hitting the snow and tumbling forward on a course widely condemned as too dangerous.
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