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Winter X Games underway
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Shaun White pulls out of the slopestyle with an injury but hopes to take part in the superpipe. Other medals have been won and Sarah Burke is remembered. Check out our report on the biggest event in the calendar. The Winter X Games in Aspen.

For Shaun White the snowboard slopestyle was the event he wanted to win at this year's competition.

Slopestyle is an Olympic event for Sochi 2014 and he has his eyes firmly on the gold medal. 

However he injured his ankle in training and was forced to pull out. 

He hopes to take part in the half pipe on Sunday but it is not certain.

"I'm disappointed. My priority this year was to ride in slopestyle, and unfortunately I hit my ankle again riding the course in today's practice," Shaun White told ESPN. "I'm going to rest up and get ready to ride Pipe on Sunday."

Everyone, except perhaps his opponents, will be keeping their fingers crossed he takes part.

He has won 11 gold medals at the Winter X Games. In total he has 16 medals, the most of any competitor.

Elsewhere there have been some stunning performances with North America sweeping the board. Every gold medal winner so far has been either Canadian or American.

Kelly Clark, USA, took the gold medal in the snowboard halfpipe.

She was wearing a "Celebrate Sarah" sticker on her helmet in memory Sarah Burke, the 29-year old Canadian X Games winner who died in training earlier this month.

The Canadian, Rosalind Groenewoud, dedicated her win in the women's superpipe at the Winter X Games to  Sarah Burke on Saturday.

Groenewoud won the event with a score of 93.66. Maddie Bowman of the U.S was second with 92.00 points, while another US rider,  Brita Sigourney, was third with 90.66.

For a related PlanetSKI story on how Sarah Burke is being remembered at The Winter X Games  then see here.

See the winning run of Kelly Clark below.

At the Snowboard Big Air finals for men on Friday the Canadian rider, Mark McMorris, claiming his first Winter X gold thanks to a massive backside triple cork mute 1440.

He scored 49 out of a possible 50 points for the trick.

Mark McMorris went on to win the men's snowboard slopestyle on Saturday.

The US rider, Jamie Anderson, won the women's snowboarding slopestyle final.

She did a switch backside 540 and a backside 540 and finished with a switch backside 180.

"After getting third last year, I was really working hard on some new tricks. It definitely feels good to land a good run and take first," she said after her victory

"The toughest part of the course was definitely the bottom four jumps," Jamie Anderson said. "They were really close together, so you had to be perfect on almost all of them or else, if you were one foot to the right, you could hardly hit the next jump."

 

On Saturday David Wise, USA, won gold medal on his second run during the Men's Ski SuperPipe Final.

Last year's champion, Kevn Rowland, from France came 4th.

The Canadian rider, Dominique Maltais, won the Women's Snowboarder X. She beat  Alexandra Jekova from Bulgaria who was second and the Canadian rider Maelle Ricker who took bronze position.

Bobby Brown won the ski big air on Saturday night.

He put in a switch double cork 1440 and a switch double misty 1260.

“It's all about consistency. It's not about someone coming out with the gnarliest trick ever, it's just about laying it down when you need to. I am just really stoked. Everyone is at such a high level now no one person is that much further ahead than anyone else,” he said after his victory.

Check back later for further results, videos and reports from The Winter X Games.

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