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IOC official: Slopestyle injuries "unacceptable"

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MONACO -- Maybe Shaun White was right all along.

An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an "unacceptably high" number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn't improve.

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In an interview, Lars Engebretsen said injury rates in ski and snowboard slopestyle were higher than for any other discipline in Sochi.

Asked if slopestyle could lose its Olympic spot, Engebretsen replied: "That's the potential."

"The only reason why slopestyle should be taken, could be taken out is the safety concerns," he said.

White withdrew from snowboard slopestyle in Sochi, saying "the potential risk of injury is a bit too much."

Engebretsen is head of scientific activities at the IOC's medical and scientific department.

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