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Shaun White doesn’t really need much of an introduction. While he might not be the most liked athlete in the world, you’d be hard pushed to deny his talent. He’s pretty much mastered and pushed the boundaries of everything he’s turned his hand to in snowboarding and the Olympics is no different.

The 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics saw him take home gold in the halfpipe and given how highly competitive Shaun has proved himself to be, we’ll bet our bottom dollar that he’ll want to make it a hat trick.

With the introduction of slopestyle into the Olympics this year, Sochi offers Shaun the opportunity to better his consecutive wins by sweeping up the floor and winning both the halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines, something I’m sure current slopestyle favourite Mark McMorris will have something to say about.

Even Shaun showed some unheard of doubt when he admitted that he’s still got some work to do in the slopestyle department.

If you’re curious how Mark McMorris and Shaun White might weigh up against each other then check this out.

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