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Drama continues in slopestyle debut

Updated: February 7, 2014, 1:30 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Thursday's Olympic debut of men's snowboard slopestyle was a bumpy one. It began with more talk about who wasn't competing than the 29 riders who were, and it ended with the gold-medal favorite staring, shell-shocked, into a throng of reporters as he tried to explain why the judges believed he had come up short.

In the media mixed zone before the event, the buzz was all about Shaun White, who announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing from slopestyle ...

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