Shaun White and the Sochi Olympics

Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding, and the lead guitarist in an LA based rock band. He is the CEO of his own company, and the face of many others. Shaun has amassed numerous titles and victories, most notably gold medalling in both the 2006 & 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds the X Games records for gold medals with 15 and the highest overall medal count with 23 to date. He also has won 10 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male US Olympic Athlete.

Going into the Sochi Winter Olympics White was expecting to finish on the top three podium. During the games however he finished well below his usual standards. White’s final run was uncharacteristically sloppy, without a complete fall but with multiple bobbles, and received a score of 90.25, an improvement of his first run in which he fell twice, but only good enough for fourth place. White had been trying to become the first American man to win the same winter event in three consecutive Games.

Shaun White competes during the men's halfpipe snowboarding qualification of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. (Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports) Never before in an Olympics had White faced this sort of pressure. And he slid along the base of the course late Tuesday believing he could have done more.

Consequently White pulled out of the slope style competition less than 24 hours before qualifying rounds, prompting rivals to suggest White may have been scared to lose. White withdrew from the event too late for the United States to replace him.


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