Shaun White, an American, will go home from the Olympics without a medal for the last time. The five-time Olympian snowboarder came in fourth place in the men’s halfpipe, falling short of third place by 2.25 points.
After two of three attempts, White was in second place for the silver medal with a score of 85, but he failed on his third and final run.
Each snowboarder receives three attempts in the halfpipe, and their best score is added to their total.
After his last run, spectators and fellow athletes gave White a standing ovation, and he was visibly moved.
The 35-year-old White stated this week that he would be retiring after the Beijing Olympics. He’s the defending halfpipe champion and a three-time gold medallist.
Shaun White Did not Medal in His Fifth and Final Olympic Games
Snowboarding’s only three-time Olympic gold medallist in the half-pipe event placed fourth overall this year. In the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, he placed fourth.
A 72.00 on his first run and an 85.00 on his second put White in second position. On the eve of his third and last season, White was in fourth place. However, White tripped and fell during his sprint.
As his career drew to an end, White took off his helmet and waved to the crowd. The snowboarder cried on the sidelines, despite having already announced his retirement after the 2022 Olympics.
On Thursday night (Eastern), Shaun White completed his Olympic adventure and his professional career by placing fourth in the men’s halfpipe event with a score of 85.00.
White’s finest run was his second, and he failed in his final try to better that score. White’s eyes welled up with tears after his third run, and he looked to mutter “that’s it” as the cameras rolled.
Japanese athlete Ayumu Hirano took home the gold, followed by Scotty James of Australia and Jan Scherrer of Switzerland.