Coach: Shaun White '110 percent' for Sochi

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014
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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Shaun White headed home from a week of training Sunday, with his coach declaring him "110 percent" healthy for the Olympics despite that nasty-looking shiner under the snowboarder's right eye.

Bud Keene said White benefited greatly from the four-day session on the private halfpipe and slopestyle course in Copper Mountain, where he landed hard and face-first into an air bag while practicing Saturday.

White posted a picture of the damage on his Instagram account Sunday.

He also has been nursing his left ankle, which he sprained in December during the season's first Olympic qualifier. He opted against competing in the Winter X Games so he could focus on the tricks he'll need in Sochi, starting Feb. 6 with slopestyle qualifying.

Keene said White saw one of the world's top slopestyle riders, Mark McMorris, go down hard and break his rib in X Games finals Saturday. McMorris said he still plans to compete in the Olympics.

"That was certainly unfortunate and we were sad to see that happen to Mark," Keene told The Associated Press. "Obviously, it's not the end of the world for him. That highlighted our decision in a good way."

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