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The snowboarding superstar Shaun White has been forced to pull out of the New Zealand Winter Games with injury. NEW



The double Winter Olympic and multiple X-Games champion ended up in hospital after he crashed in training ahead of the halfpipe event at Cardrona later this week.

"I took a crash while practising for the event," White said.

"Nothing is broken but the doctors advised me to take a few weeks off. I'm heading home to rest and prepare for more snowboarding next month," he said in a news release put out by the event organisers.

The American holds the record for the number of X Games medals.

He has 13 X Games golds (18 medals in total) in snowboarding plus another 2 golds (5 medals in total) in skateboarding.

White, who turned 31 on Sunday, also took to Instagram after his injury.

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"Not exactly the birthday I was hoping for," he wrote.

"I under rotated a double flip that sent me to the hospital. The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine but after the tests all came back looking good I was released to go home. Life's going to knock you down.... get up, learn from your mistakes, and you'll be better for it! see you back on the mountain soon."

White will be hoping to be back in action quickly as he prepares for another Winter Olympics, at PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

He won gold at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics but managed only a 4th place at Sochi in 2014.

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White was a big draw at the Winter Games NZ and his forced withdrawal is a big disappointment for the organisers and spectators.

"We wish Shaun all the best for a rapid recovery," said the Games Freeski and Snowboard Manager, Eric Zerrenner.

"We were certainly looking forward to watching him compete. Having an eight-time Winter X Games Superpipe champion on the start list brings an extra level of excitement to our event and reflects the calibre of this competition."

Zerrenner said the men's Snowboard Halfpipe will still be contested by a world-class field.

It includes the two-time world champion Scotty James from Australia, and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics silver and bronze medallists Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan.

Qualification for the event has been brought forward a day and now takes place on Thursday with the finals on Saturday.

GB athletes have also been in action at the Winter Games NZ, with James 'Woodsy' Woods taking gold in the Ski Slopestyle:

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