Shaun White (USA) competes during the men's halfpipe snowboarding qualification of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (USA TODAY) -- Shaun White failed to repeat his gold medal run at the Olympics, finishing fourth on Tuesday.
rider Iouri Podladtchikov YOLO flipped his way to gold. On his second
run, the rider known as I pod landed a trick that only he and White
know. The judges rewarded him with a score of 94.75, putting him in
Ayumu Hirano, a 15-year-old from Japan, won silver with a score of 93.5. Japan's Taku Hiraoka took bronze.
White fell twice on his first run in the Olympic halfpipe final after getting a huge straight air to start his run.
slid down the wall of the pipe on his third hit. White recovered and
continued his run, but on the same wall he pulled too far out of the
pipe, hitting the lip with his board on his left foot. He scored a 35,
placing him 11th with one run remaining.
No American was higher than seventh after the first run and Hirano took the early lead with a 90.75.
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