Shaun White withdrew from the Olympics for the last time with tears in his eyes and without a medal, and said goodbye to the sport he had dominated for twenty years.
The All-American hero began his bid for a fourth Olympic gold medal with a loving message of good luck from actress girlfriend Nina Dobrev.
She posted a photo of herself with an athlete among her 25 million followers with the message, “Did I mention I already won gold with you? Show them how it’s done, you goddamn it.
White, 35, from San Diego, California, who describes his girlfriend as “Hot Porridge,” is expected to marry the Vampire Diaries star now that he’s put his snowboarding aside for good.
He wiped away a tear as the adoring international crowd cheered for what everyone knew was the last time at the Olympics and he was embraced by opponents.
Shaun White burst into tears after being interviewed after the men’s snowboard halfpipe final on Feb. 11.
The snowboarder wept as he talked about his career after the last competition.
White, 35, had previously announced that the 2022 Winter Olympics would be his last.
35-year-old White (right) was hugged by Scotty James of Australia, who won silver.
White previously won gold at PyeongChang in 2018, Vancouver in 2010 and Turin in 2006, and finished fourth in Sochi in 2014.
Today he set off for his last run, placing fourth on his first two jumps, but he stumbled on his final attempt and his fourth gold bid was doomed.
The winner was Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who had to settle for silver against whites in South Korea.
Silver today went to Australian Scotty James, and Swiss Jan Scherrer won bronze.
White finished fourth with a best score of 85.00, while 28-year-old US snowboarder Taylor Gold of Steamboat, Colorado finished fifth with 81.75.
Chase Josey, 26, of Hailey, Idaho, finished seventh with a best score of 79.5.
White finished fourth with a best score of 85.00, while 28-year-old US snowboarder Taylor Gold of Steamboat, Colorado finished fifth with 81.75. Here he trains for the final on Friday.
He previously won three gold medals in snowboarding with Team USA.
The snowboarding superstar seemed to enjoy the competition after his defeat.
The snowboarding superstar seemed to enjoy the competition and congratulated the next generation who took his crown.
And the US halfpipe veteran even took the time to take a photo with a fan in the crowd after his second run.
White performed a brilliant program, including his patented “Double McTwist 1260” and then the frontside 1260. But this was not enough to surpass the even more excellent acrobatic performances of Hirano and James.
Asked if White inspired him, Australia’s Valentini Guseli, who placed sixth, replied, “100%. Sean White has been one of the brightest faces in snowboarding my entire life.
“Seeing him fall for his last Olympics was truly amazing. To look at him one last time, and when he hit the bottom, I shed a little, just seeing the legacy he leaves behind.
“I know he will always be with us. He will always be there.
White said he had “some problems with his back foot” during the competition.
White told reporters, “The future is so exciting for me, I have so much to do with my life. So much to do, so much to live, this is just the beginning for me.
White said he was proud to represent the US, but said it was time to step down.
He said, “This is everything for me. I am so grateful to be here and so proud.
“I wish I could land on the last run, but for some reason I had problems with my back leg, it gave up on every run, I don’t know why.
“Maybe it was pressure, maybe it was just exhaustion.
“Really difficult, but it’s okay, everything, I’m done. I am so grateful for my career, thankful to China for being here.
“It’s been a journey, I’m just so happy and thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he said, choking on tears.
“Now I’m overwhelmed with emotion, cheering from the crowd, a few kind words from my fellow competitors downstairs, I’m so happy,” he said through tears.
“Snowboarding, thank you. It was the love of my life.
“It was a journey. I can’t wait to see where this sport goes.
“I am so happy for Ayumu that I can see how brilliantly he runs. Incredible, I’m proud to be here and support him from here. I wish him and Scotty all the best.”
The Olympic legend burst into tears when he was asked to talk about his failure to make it to the podium.
He said: “I’m sorry that because of you I’m crying ugly here, but I’m not upset with the result.”
– I’d love to put it down. I did this in two runs and couldn’t hold on to the last one.
“It’s hard for me not to get hung up on the last race, I wanted it so much.
“I am proud of my runs, I am proud that I am here to say goodbye for the last time.
“I just missed the podium, I would like to go there with everyone one last time, but you can’t always get what you want, you get what you need.”
White stated that the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was the highlight of his career, but said he was excited to come to Beijing in 2022.
He said: “I was very happy with my last Olympics (he won gold in Pyeongchang in 2018), I was going to come back and I wanted it so badly, one more run and I succeeded. This was the culmination of my career.
“Getting this bonus round, being here, seeing these young guys compete, it was such an enjoyable process and I’m really grateful to be here and keep competing and even finish fourth. I am proud of this.
“The future is so exciting for me, I want to do so much in my life.
“So much to do, so much to live for, this is just the beginning for me.
He added: “All my fellow competitors were so kind, many of them patted me on the back and said that tricks in the sport would not be what they are today without my pressure and I want to thank them for being they helped me. supported me and let me do my thing.”