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Sochi Olympics: Did American Legend Shaun White Live Up To His Title In Men's Halfpipe?

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02/11/2014 6:34 pm
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Sochi Olympics: Did American Legend Shaun White Live Up To His Title In Men's Halfpipe?
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Kaitlyn Elliott

Senior Content Editor

WARNING: Do not continue reading if you do not want to know the results of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Men’s Halfpipe competition. Coverage will air February 11th on NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage. Today, America’s pride and joy, Shaun White, took to the Sochi half pipe with his eyes set on his third straight gold medal. With all of America watching and hoping, White unfortunately fell short of the glory. In a series of unfortunate events leading up the halfpipe finals, White and other competitors had to deal with “uneven grading, bumpy paths, and warm temperatures” affecting the riders tremendously. With sub-par courses, even the best snowboarder in history is bound to have issues. After he dropped out of the men’s slopestyle to focus on the halfpipe, all eyes were on White, the reigning two time gold medalist in the event. The pressure was on as the final run of the competition approached. Earlier this morning, White was the number one qualifier, but when it came time for finals, he fell on his first two runs leaving him one final run to pull himself out of second-to-last place. Now the pressure was really on. As the final competitor of the competition, White had to score a 95 to beat Swiss boarder Iouri Podladtchikov and at least a 92.3 to medal. White finished his run without any falls, but it was definitely not his best performance leaving him with a 90.25 and in 4th place. Whether is was the terrible course conditions, the pressure, or simply a bad day; this is the first time since his Olympic debut in 2006 that White has not received a gold medal in his half pipe performance. Regardless of the situation, America is still proud to claim the “flying tomato” as one of our own. USA today said it best, “Tuesday’s disappointment does nothing to affect Shaun White’s legacy… He’s still the greatest snowboarder in the history of the sport and one of the all-time great American Winter Olympians.”

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