Shaun White Doesn’t Medal In Sochi
Shaun White was set to make history with his third gold medal in the halfpipe event at the Sochi games.He didn’t medal at all. He finished fourth.
Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov of Switzerland took gold, while the Japanese pair of Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka grabbed the silver and bronze respectively. It was the first time the US has ever failed to medal in the event, which was introduced in 1998.
The halfpipe surface has been maligned throughout the games but crews were able to make improvements during an overnight work session.
“It’s bumpy, but it’s much better than practice,” Danny Davis said following a qualifying run. The Times says White “faltered” on both of his runs in the finals, but he at least medaled in the “nice guy” category. Right after qualifying for finals, he jumped over the barriers between him and the crowd so he could high-five and hug a pair of young cancer patients, CBS reports.