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The Associated Press - Thursday Jan. 16, 2014 15:03 ET

Shaun White, 2-time Olympic halfpipe champion, is last in slopestyle qualifier

Fell in 1st run, did not finish 2nd

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Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White fell during his first run in a slopestyle Olympic qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, Cali., on Thursday. He pulled up during his second run and finish last overall. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

Shaun White took a face-first fall during his first run in an Olympic slopestyle qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, Cali., on Thursday and pulled up during his second.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist in halfpipe finished last among the 13 riders.

White was trying a double flip on the second big jump of his opening run when he crashed. He stayed on the ground for a minute or two and was attended to by medical staff before he made his way down the mountain under his own power.

On his second run, he came up a half-rotation short on his first big jump, lost speed on the landing and pulled off to the side, then rode slowly down the mountain.

White finished third last month at a qualifier in Copper Mountain and is in good position to make the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team but still needs a high finish in one of the remaining two events to secure it.

There's another slopestyle event later Thursday and the finale is Saturday.

White is also supposed to compete in three halfpipe events.

Ryan Stassel won Thursday morning's event, with Sage Kotsenburg taking second and Chas Guldemond finishing third. Kotsenburg and Guldemond moved closer to securing two of the three slopestyle spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Jamie Anderson captured the women's event to wrap up her spot on the Olympic team.

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