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Third Time Is Not A Charm For Shaun White

 
Third Time Is Not A Charm For Shaun White

After winning back-to-back gold medals in the Men's Snowboarding Halfpipe in Torino and Vancouver, Shaun White was the odds-on favorite to make it a "three-peat" in Sochi. Instead, White heads home to the U.S. empty-handed.

"The Flying Tomato" entered the competition surrounded in controversy after White opted to withdrawl from the debut of Slopestyle last week, citing treacherous course conditions that had White concerned for his own saftety as he was aiming to becone the only American athlete to win gold in the same event in three consecutive Winter Games. 

White posted the best time in the preliminary qualifying rounds - a 95.5 which shot him directly to the finals. The eventual gold medal winner, Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov scored 94.75 in the final round. 

Japan's Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka finished second and third, respectively.

White finished 2.0 behind the bronze medal finish with a score of 90.25 after bobbling twice in his final run.

Americans Danny Davis was 10th with a 53.00 and Gregory Bretz will leave Russia placing 12th.

This is the first time the U.S. has failed to medal in the event since its debut at the Nagano Games in 1998.

 

 



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