Charges against Shaun White formally dropped

Olympic and X Games gold medalist Shaun White is starting off the new year with a new haircut and a blank slate. All charges related to his September arrest for public intoxication in Nashville, Tenn., were dismissed last Friday after showing he completed his court-mandated community service, according to a spokeswoman for the Nashville District Attorney.

White’s vandalism charges from the same incident were dropped in November after he paid restitution for destruction of property to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

“All that remained was for his attorney, Rich McGee, to show proof of the completion of the community service work,” Susan Niland, the Attorney General’s communications director, told ESPN.com. “It was really just a procedural paperwork thing. His attorney just presented that to the judge, and the defendant did not have to be there so he was not.”

White reportedly vandalized the hotel in Nashville after the September wedding of his friends, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Emily Ward. White publicly apologized for the incident in September and seems to have put the incident behind him: he came out swinging in December with a win at the Dew Tour’s iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo.

White will be the man to beat in the Superpipe this week as the United States Snowboard Association’s Sprint U.S. Grand Prix gets underway at Copper Mountain, Colo., kicking off the qualification process for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and he’ll be chasing after his sixth consecutive win at Winter X Games Aspen later this month, looking to follow up on his first-ever perfect score there last year.

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