After entering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia heavily favored to win a third straight gold medal in men's halfpipe, snowboarding pioneer Shaun White of the United States failed to reach the podium during the Feb. 11 event final, finishing fourth behind winner Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland.
The 27-year old White, who is easily the most well-recognized and likely the most hated figure in snowboarding, qualified first for the event final, posting a mammoth 95.75 for his first run. But he ran into trouble during the final round, when he crashed twice during his first run and found himself in 11th place, just one spot removed from the bottom of the 12-man field.
White's second run was markedly improved, but was rewarded with a score of just 90.25, which left him in fourth place, a full two points behind bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka and 3.25 points behind silver medalist Ayumu Hirano, who both hail from Japan.
Following the competition, White tweeted a link to a YouTube video thanking fans for their support over the years. Although the video was actually recorded prior to the event final, the gesture was a classy one.
Snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Olympics continues Feb. 12 with the ladies' halfpipe.