Shaun White comes up short of medal in Olympic men’s halfpipe, final competition of his career

Written by on February 10, 2022

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Shaun White has extra Olympic gold medals within the halfpipe than another snowboarder. However in his last competitors he couldn’t get yet another.

White completed fourth on the Beijing Olympics on Friday, capping off a profession during which he received three gold medals however couldn’t beat progressive youthful riders and his getting old physique.

White landed 4 double corks in his first run, incomes him a rating that was ok for fourth. After his second run, he was nonetheless in fourth place however fell on his last run ending his final Olympics simply off the rostrum.

Shaun White of Team United States performs a trick during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final on day 7 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park on February 11, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.

Japan’s Ayumu Hirano received the gold medal in a controversial last that noticed him land a triple cork – the primary ever in a full run in a halfpipe competitors – in his second run however not get the scores from the judges to maneuver him into first. He was nonetheless behind Australian Scotty James after that second run a lot to followers’ disappointment. 

On his last run because the final rider within the halfpipe, Hirano landed back-to-back triple corks and was rewarded with 96 factors to surpass James and take the gold. Jan Scherrer of Switzerland received bronze. Taylor Gold of america completed fifth.

Hirano, whose youthful brother Kaishu additionally competed Friday, entered the Video games as one of many favorites having received silver on the final two Olympics. The 23-year-old additionally competed within the Tokyo Summer time Olympics in skateboarding. 

At age 35, White finishes his profession with 4 Olympic medals, three of them gold, in 5 Video games. Over his 20 years of competitors, he grew to become the face of snowboarding, not less than to a large viewers.

After simply barely lacking the 2002 Olympic staff, White emerged as a star in Torino 4 years later. At 19, he received gold, was dubbed The Flying Tomato and introduced mainstream consideration to the game.

One other gold adopted in Vancouver in 2010 and White, by then a family title, had even informal followers conscious of the trick he created to assist win, the Double McTwist 1260.

White entered Sochi in 2014 as the favourite, with loads of hype and even a documentary, “Russia Calling,” chronicling his journey to these Video games. He made the U.S. staff in slopestyle, too, earlier than pulling out of that competitors as soon as in Russia.

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White completed a disappointing fourth, a outcome he later mentioned of getting an excessive amount of on his plate going into these Video games.

That end made him an underdog going into Pyeongchang in 2018, and White mentioned he needed to discover his love of snowboarding once more. Within the lead-up to these Video games, he suffered a coaching crash in New Zealand that break up his lip and required 62 stitches in his face.

However White conquered the trick that so injured him, touchdown back-to-back double cork 1440s to win.

That win introduced him to at the moment, his final contest the place he didn’t enter as a favourite. He left the Video games appreciative of what his success in them has introduced him, even when he couldn’t add extra to it this time.

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