White was among the favorites for the event. He will still compete on the halfpipe, an event in which he's won the last two gold medals.
Said White in a statement to the "Today" show: ''The potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on.''
Two of his Canadian rivals — Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant — don't see it that way.
The 19-year-old Parrot, who was the 2014 X Games gold medalist in slopestyle, said White pulled out of the event because he knew he couldn't win and was "scared" in a tweet that was later deleted.
Toutant, 21, the 2011 and 2013 winner in slopestyle at the X Games, said in a tweet, "Mr. White... It's easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can't win..."
Parrot later apologized for causing a stir.
I'm sorry if I offence anybody. I just meant that it's not as fun to compete at the Olympics when the riders underlights aren't there. — Maxence Parrot (@MaxParrot) February 5, 2014