White pulls out of Olympic slopestyle qualifier

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Shaun White, seen here crashing during his first run in the Dew Tour Mountain Championships Superpipe finals, pulled out of the season's first Olympic snowboarding Slopestyle qualifier after spraining his left ankle on Saturday.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- Shaun White has pulled out of the season's first Olympic snowboarding slopestyle qualifier after spraining his left ankle the day before in the halfpipe finals.

About 30 minutes before he was scheduled to run Sunday, White posted a picture on his Facebook account of him sitting on the couch with his ankle in a bucket of ice. His message: "#RoadtoCouchi had to pull out of Dew Tour slopestyle finals because of ankle sprain from superpipe."

There are four more qualifiers for slopestyle, which is making its Olympic debut in the Sochi Games in February.

Riders get points based on their best two performances, so White could still qualify for the U.S. team. But the next contest is next weekend. No word yet on whether White will compete.

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