Shaun White took 10 practice runs down the halfpipe on a windless, sunny morning in the mountains above Sochi and let out a big "whoooo-hooo" when the last one was over.
Yes, he says, this is where he belongs.
In his first interview since announcing he was skipping the Olympic slopestyle contest, White told The Associated Press he is at peace with his decision to focus solely on the event in which he's won two straight gold medals and will go for a third Tuesday.
"I can understand if it's your first time to the Olympics, you wouldn't understand a decision like the one I made," he said Saturday. "But you set your goals according to what's important to you."
White withdrew from the Olympic debut of slopestyle after a couple of rugged days of practice that left him with a jammed wrist. He called the course "intimidating."
With input from the riders, the course was made significantly tamer by the final, where another American, Sage Kotsenburg, won the first gold medal of the Games.
No regrets, says White. "I'm feeling very, very confident and healthy, which is nice."
Alpine skiing: The potential for crashes and serious injury will be high when the men's downhill opens the Alpine skiing medal events Sunday.
"It's very treacherous," American Bode Miller said after leading the final training. "This course has teeth everywhere."
Rok Perko of Slovenia, the first starter Saturday, took the wrong direction off a jump three-fourths of the way down and ended up with his face bloodied and possibly a broken nose.
American Marco Sullivan, the next starter, ran into trouble when he lost focus for an instant over the Bear's Brow jump a little farther down. Sullivan's skis clicked together, and he was heading for the safety netting until he managed a last-second recovery.
"Luckily I was able to stay with it. It wouldn't have been good," said Sullivan, who is from Squaw Valley. "It was definitely an adrenaline shot."
Brice Roger of France, the third starter, broke both the bone and the ligaments in his right knee in a fall on the top section.
Miller was watching.
"(Sullivan) almost killed himself. I mean, if that crash doesn't go just the way it went, he goes flying through B-nets, going 75 (mph), straight into the trees," Miller said, adding that "if you're not totally focused and paying attention, this course can kill you."
Bobsledding: No surprises came out of the selection of the U.S. brakemen for its two-man bobsled teams.
The strong American contingent will be anchored by Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, with longtime partner Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass.
Monterey driver Nick Cunningham is paired with fellow national guardsman and roommate Dallas Robinson of Georgetown, Ky. USA-3 pilot Cory Butner of Yucaipa is teamed with Chris Fogt of Alpine, Utah.
Two-man competition is scheduled for Feb. 16-17.
Ice hockey: Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty sustained a lower body injury Saturday when he was checked into the goal in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes, putting in jeopardy his spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.