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History Will Wait, Shaun White Fails to Medal in Men’s Halfpipe

February 11th, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Cody Dalga

Entering the Sochi Olympics, American snowboarder Shaun White was the two-time defending halfpipe gold medalist. He would have made history Tuesday with another gold medal. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as White finished fourth in the halfpipe competition. 

White was the final competitor in the field with Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland leading with a score of 94.75. Although he continued to show his signature big air and massive tricks, White couldn't overcome two bobbles to find himself off of the medal podium for the first time in his Olympic career.

Japan took the silver and bronze as Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka found each other on either side of the medal stand. 

"I think it's great the American public and the world now knows that there are other snowboarders besides Shaun White," said Danny Davis of the United States. "Shaun's, don't get me wrong, one of the most talented, one of the best riders there are, but there are guys who are just as good if not better and today Iouri was the best rider."

White had falls in his first run as well which saw him post a score of 35.00 and had him seated in 11 out of 12 riders. After pulling out of the slopestyle competition it was obvious that he had big plans for another gold. While his plans might have been foiled, White should still be proud of his Olympic run. 

Tags: Ayumu Hirano, Danny Davis, Iouri Podladtchikov, London, London 2012, Olympics, Shaun White, Summer Olympics, Taku Hiraoka

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