Shaun White finished fourth in the halfpipe Tuesday. It was a surprising failure for the reigning snowboard champion, but one that shows why White should be celebrated.
The 27-year-old White took two runs down the halfpipe Tuesday. Both were simultaneously spectacular and disastrous. During his first attempt, White tried to pull off the complicated "Yolo" trick which includes two flips, four mid-air rotations and looks absolutely gravity-defying to the uninitiated but crashed his landing. Moments later, White tried another double-cork trick, got caught on the lip of the halfpipe, and went down hard.
Despite the botched tricks, White wasn't out of contention for the gold medal after his first run down the half pipe. The pressure was on as the announcers stressed over and over again but despite a better run, White still suffered from awkward landings and failed to raise his score to medal levels.