Snowboarders react to Shaun White's Olympic slopestyle withdrawal
FEB 05, 2014 10:43a ET
The Twitterverse was abuzz when the news broke that Shaun White was not competing in the slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.
His fellow snowboarders in particular got on board to voice their opinions.
Some of it was positive.
Some threw down some serious shade.
This is from Vancouver bronze medalist Scotty Lago, who did not make the US Olympic team:
Shaun drops out of slope in Sochi! The podium just opened up a tiny bit— Scotty Lago (@scottylago) February 5, 2014
Others, however, were not as kind.
X Games champ Max Parrot from Canada had issued a Twitter post saying White, who wasn't expected to reach the podium in the slopestyle event, had dropped out because he was "scared."
He later deleted the post, and put out this Tweet.
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
Teammate Sebastien Toutant, however, did not have qualms about expressing his thoughts:
Mr. White... It's easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can't win...— Sebastien Toutant (@SebToots) February 5, 2014
Torino silver medialist Gretchen Bleiler came to her former teammate's defense.