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White unafraid to show all sides in documentary

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 11:31 am •  Published: January 22, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The attention-grabbing moment in a new Shaun White documentary is not easy viewing.

Practicing a trick nobody has ever attempted in a halfpipe, White's board gets caught up on the lip. His head and neck whiplash violently against the top of the pipe. Helmet and goggles go flying and White lands with a thud on the bottom, 22 feet below.

It's this slow-motion replay of a painful setback, White's ensuing frustration as he fails to master the triple cork and his eventual discovery of new motivation that turns "Shaun White: Russia Calling" — airing Saturday night on NBC — into something more than a run-of-the-mill athlete biography.