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Shaun White fails to medal in Beijing, finishing fourth in last meet: NPR


Team USA’s Shaun White waves goodbye after his final run in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He placed fourth in his last race.

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Shaun White fails to medal in Beijing, finishing fourth in last meet: NPR

Team USA’s Shaun White waves goodbye after his final run in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He placed fourth in his last race.

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

BEIJING — A fourth gold medal eluded Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White in his last halfpipe performance at the Beijing Winter Games. The five-time Olympian finished fourth – missing out on the podium by 2.25 points.

Japan’s Ayumu Hirano impressed with his final run which propelled him to the top of the standings with 96 points. Australian Scotty James came second with 92.5 after a top-flight second run, followed by Swiss Jan Scherrer with 87.25.

Friday’s event was White’s last competition as a professional snowboarder.

“A lot of emotions are going through me right now, the cheers from the crowd, some kind words from my teammates downstairs, I’m so happy,” White said tearfully. “Snowboarding, thank you. It’s the love of my life.”

Even though he didn’t win a medal, White, 35, showed he is still able to handle the halfpipe better than some of his younger competitors. His second-best run earned him 85 points. But a wipeout on his last attempt on the course prevented him from beating his best score of the day.

He said he was always proud of where he finished.

“I would have loved to hang out with everyone, one last time, but you can’t always get what you want, you get what you need,” he said.

An emotional white man took off his helmet and waved to the crowd as he left the course after his final run, nodding to the thunderous applause. He had tears in his eyes as he waited for his score.

He left the sport as the first and only snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals. He is also the oldest halfpipe runner to represent the United States.

White said he left Beijing looking to the future.

“The future for me is so exciting, there are so many things I want to do in my life,” White said. “So much to do, so much to experience, this is just the beginning for me.”


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