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[February 07, 2014]
By Philip O'Connor
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) — The
light-hearted Canadian assault on halfpipe favorite Shaun White
continued on Friday as extreme sport's biggest name was reduced to
"who's he?" status.
American White withdrew from the slopestlye competition citing
safety concerns, which led some Canadian rivals to accuse him on
Twitter of pulling out because he was scared of losing.
Asked at a news conference if the Canadian halfpipe team had gained
an advantage thanks to the online trashing of White by their
slopestyle counterparts, veteran rider Crispin Lipscomb's answer was
short and to the point.
"I'm sorry, who?"
When the laughter died down, Lipscomb explained that he felt his
team were in a great position to do well at the Sochi Games, no
matter the opposition.
"We've got an edge on all our competitors, we've got a great support
team and our great team dynamic, so that stuff is somebody else's
game that they play with each other," he told reporters.
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"We stick to what we do in the pipe and we can only control what we
Lipscomb and his Canadian team mates will face off against White
when the halfpipe competition begins with qualifying on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; editing by Mitch Phillips)
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