Shaun White was deeply moved after the final snowboard run of his decorated Olympic career.
White, 35, finished fourth in the men’s halfpipe event in which he was the defending gold medalist.
“Yeah, sorry, you’re gonna make me ugly crying here,” White began. “I am not upset with the result. Obviously, I would have loved to do that last run. I had difficulties. … I was just building muscle for it to happen – and I did it for two rounds! The last run, I just couldn’t hold on.
White, who won three Olympic gold medals in the halfpipe, was filled with gratitude for those who have supported him over the past two decades.
“Yeah, a lot of emotions are going through me right now. Just the cheers from the crowd and some kind words from my fellow competitors downstairs. I’m so happy. Just want to thank everyone for watching.
At this point White broke down and had to take a break.
“Everyone home – thank you,” he said. “Snowboarding – thank you. She’s the love of my life.”
NBC cut off his family in Los Angeles, as they loudly cheered him on. White couldn’t hold back her tears.
“I love you. I love you very much. I wanted more today, but I’ll take what I can get. I’m proud. It’s been my life. Thank you. I can’t wait to see you all.
New York Post