Eight-time superpipe and five-time slopestyle gold medalist Shaun White confirmed to organizers of X Games Aspen on Tuesday that despite initial reports he would miss the event, he will in fact compete .
According to the ESPN report on Tuesday, White is expected to compete in the slopestyle competition and will likely be in the final at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the superpipe final at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
White had initially decided to skip the X Games in an effort to rest before competing in the Winter Olympics in Russia next month, but he told ESPN on Tuesday that going to Aspen will be useful:
"It’s a tough balance. I really want to get a lot of practice in before the Olympics but I am also much more motivated to give my best run in a competition and I'm excited to go out and do that at X Games."
Last week, the 27-year-old 13-time Winter X Games champion took a hard fall at Mammoth Mountain in Northern California for the Olympic qualifier in slopestyle snowboarding.
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