Did anyone not see this coming? I honestly think it's the right move for him. Superpipe is by far the best known event in snowboarding by the casual viewer and SW is probably the only rider most of them can name. His name and brand are based off of dominating that event. There's little for him to gain by competing in slopestyle. He wouldn't be the favorite and there's a very good chance he wouldn't win gold. SW dropping out of slopestyle is hardly a story, but it would be a story if he didn't medal.
"People say that marijuana smoking is going to get in the way of my career. I say to them that on the contrary, my fighting career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking." -Nick Diaz