Shaun White Doesn't Even Medal in Halfpipe
Switzerland's 'I-Pod' takes gold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Shaun White of the US competes during the men's snowboard halfpipe qualifying session.   (Sergei Grits)

(Newser) – The stage was set for Shaun White to make history with a third straight gold medal at today's halfpipe event in Sochi. Instead, the American didn't even medal, coming in fourth. Iouri "I-Pod" Podladtchikov of Switzerland took gold, while the Japanese pair of Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka grabbed the silver and bronze respectively. It was the first time the US has ever failed to medal in the event, which was introduced in 1998.

The much-maligned halfpipe itself was much improved following some last-minute work from the crew, including an overnight session, the New York Times reports. "It's bumpy, but it's much better than practice," Danny Davis said following a qualifying run. The Times says White "faltered" on both of his runs in the finals, but he at least medaled in the "nice guy" category. Right after qualifying for finals, he jumped over the barriers between him and the crowd so he could high-five and hug a pair of young cancer patients, CBS reports.

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Feb 12, 2014 12:02 PM CST
Lindsey Van didn't medal either...and she didn't have the chances to do so before. It took too long for the old men officials of the Olympics to admit women could jump. Now if they would just figure out they can jump the "big hill" as well. I still think it is funny she owned the first record on the hill for the Vancouver Olympics against men and women. That record stands as a great refute to old fartism.
Feb 12, 2014 2:17 AM CST
Do the commentators on NBC ever shut up? 5 minutes of figure skating was enough.
Feb 11, 2014 9:50 PM CST
Hey Newser Editors and Wire Services, put down that pipe!