Snowboarding: White Sees Himself As Favorite In Pyeongchang | 2/3/2014 | Staff
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif (Reuters) – After recovering from a training crash which left him needing 62 stitches, American snowboarder Shaun White is backing himself to win the halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang next month even though he will be facing off against rivals who grew up idolizing him.

White, 31, burst onto the scene at the 2006 Turin Games where he won the first of his two Olympic golds, becoming the face of the sport globally.

Sochi - Halfpipe - October - Dozen - Stitches

But he faltered in Sochi in 2014, finishing a disappointing fourth in halfpipe, and last October he needed more than five dozen stitches after crashing in training.

Those missteps, along with some recent flashes of dominance, have made it difficult to rate his chances going into the Games in South Korea.

White - Press - Conference - US - Grand

“I would love to feel like an underdog but I just don’t,” White told a press conference at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth.

“Ever since I can remember I’ve been expected to do well not only from the media and fans but even more so from myself. So I’m going in to hopefully do my best.”

Breakthrough - Pyeongchang - Scotty - James - Gold

Among those primed for a breakthrough in Pyeongchang are 23-year-old Australian Scotty James, who won a gold medal in Aspen at the 2017 Winter X Games, and 23-year-old Ben Ferguson,...
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