American snowboarder Shaun White failed to win a fourth Olympic medal in the men’s halfpipe final at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday, marking the legendary 35-year-old’s last professional competition.
Japan’s Ayumu Hirano won a gold medal, with judges awarding the double silver medalist a score of 96, followed by Australian Scotty James with silver (92.5) and Switzerland’s Jan Scherrer with bronze (87.25).
White finished in fourth place with a score of 85, and his medal hopes evaporated after he crashed in his third and final run.
Two other Americans competed in the halfpipe final: Taylor Gold of Colorado was fifth at 81.75 and Chase Josey of Idaho seventh at 79.5.
White confirmed On Saturday, he will retire from competitive snowboarding after this year’s Olympics. White said his decision to retire was influenced by advice of his mentor, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, who told White he wished he had retired earlier.
Despite ill health due to a congenital heart defect, White, a California native, established himself as a snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, skiing and soccer prodigy, winning his first snowboarding competition at the age of 7 years old. 0.3 points away from qualifying for the USA Snowboard Team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. White made his Olympic debut in 2006 in Turin, Italy, where he won his first gold after posting a near-perfect score. 46.8 points out of 50 possible on a halfpipe track. White also won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, more gold medals than any other Olympic snowboarder. Additionally, White won 18 X Games medals for snowboarding and five for skateboarding between 2003 and 2013. White has also had some success in business, launching active lifestyle brand Whitespace in January and garnering approximately $1.5 million in guaranteed payment from sponsors within 12 months of the Beijing Winter Olympics. White’s signature snowboard maneuver is the “double McTwist 1260”, consisting of two flips performed while performing three and a half twists.
“I gave it my all”, White Recount reporters shortly after the start of the 2022 games. “There were ups and downs on the way to getting here. And with that, I feel that I have become stronger and better.
10. This is the number of medals American athletes have won so far at the Beijing Winter Olympics, including four gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. Germany leads the rest of the world in gold medals, with six, and Austria leads in total medal count, with 13.
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