Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Sochi 2014, Day 4?

Winter Olympics Sochi Games Shaun WhiteShaun White took on Sochi’s unusually slushy halfpipe Tuesday while going for his third gold medal, but failed to three-peat, earning fourth place for team USA.

Despite White’s enthusiastic send-off from his team, filled with “Yeah, Shauns!” and high-fives all around, White had to accept defeat and the eleventh place spot he temporarily earned after the first of his final runs.

During the outing, White spun like a propeller and glided high into the air at 5.3 meters but fell into the ledge before sliding down the halfpipe on his backside.

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist, happily representing his country with a patriotic bandana around his face, did not give up and pulled out a score of 90.25 in the second run, landing him in fourth place and just missing the medal stand. (Aside from the gold medal, the one thing we can’t help but miss is White’s curly red mane falling out of his hat, but this year fellow U.S. snowboarder Danny Davis — who tumbled into tenth place — had that covered.)

Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland took home the gold after completing two near-perfect runs, finished off with two exuberant celebrations – first throwing his hands proudly in the air leading to a headfirst slide onto the bench, then triumphantly throwing his snowboard before embracing the crowd.

Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka, both of Japan, took home the silver and bronze, respectively.

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With the unseasonably warm temperature and the halfpipe in a less than perfect state, the wipeouts were in abundance. America’s own Gregory Bretz faltered under the pressure, landing him in twelfth, with Australia’s Kent Callister, Slovenia’s Tim-Kevin Ravnjak, and more careening onto that frown-filled (and snow covered) bandwagon.

What pulled you in on this Tuesday of the Winter Games? Did you get emotional when White wiped out? Were you surprised with the results? (And the insane amount of spills?) Or were you watching the inaugural women’s ski jump competition or the women’s slopestyle final? Or something else? Sound off in the comments!

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15 Comments
  1. Cassandra says:

    My favorite thing about today’s Olympics was not just watching the half pipe competition, but seeing the amazing camaraderie between all the athletes. It’s nice to see athletes appreciate the skills and triumphs of their competitors regardless of nationality.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Canadian coach comes to the rescue of the Russian cross-country skier after breaking ski. That’s the spirit of the Olympics at its best.

    • Auntie Em says:

      That was my favourite moment of yesterday as well! You can’t help but feel sorry for the poor thing who tripped 3 times, but then the wonderful fellow appeared and helped him finish the race. I simply loved it.

      Sometimes I really like humans!

  3. The Beach says:

    Those Burton snowboards sure are getting some damn good publicity.

  4. Jemima says:

    Slovenia won 2 most unexpected bronze medals. We were all so excited.

  5. hello says:

    Norwegian gold and silver

  6. David P. Graf says:

    I didn’t even bother to watch the games last night after I heard what happened on the halfpipe course. It’s an embarrassment that the Winter Olympics were even awarded to a city where the weather can play such games with the Games. I felt the same way about Vancouver. People spend so many years preparing for these competitions and then they ruin it by putting them in the wrong locale. And, guess what, the idiots at the IOC have done the same thing for the next Winter Olympics in 2018. It’s going to be in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If you look at the current weather forecast there for the next week, every day is above freezing with some days getting into the forties.

    • xav says:

      I’m embarrassed for this comment. It’s almost as if weather…changes? Weather can play such games with outside!

      • David P. Graf says:

        xav,

        Weather does make a difference but it doesn’t excuse putting the Winter Games in an area where the temperatures are known to regularly go above freezing. It’s not fair to the athletes and gives rise to skewed results as we’ve already seen with these games.

    • Heather says:

      A world class athlete needs to be able to perform in any weather condition (minus extreme weather). Although the half pipe wasn’t great other events I have been pleasantly surprised with. Host cities can bring in snow they can’t control extreme weather patterns. The IOC is simply taking the less risky path,

      Part of what made Vancouver great was the mild weather! It allowed visitors and residents a chance to interact with the Olympics on a daily basis with no weather concerns.

      It can go both ways I’m sure you’d be complaining if it snowed to much and events had to be delayed or cancelled due to unsafe conditions.

      • David P. Graf says:

        Heather,

        When the physical conditions are less than optimum, you are not doing right by the athletes and open the door for all sorts of skewed results. There is no extreme weather pattern in Sochi. Anyone including the IOC could verify beforehand as with Vancouver how mild the winters can be in those locations. I appreciate how milder weather is nice for visitors and local residents. Even so, the Winter Olympics should be in a place where warmer weather or even rain does not have a good chance of affecting the results.

  7. S Cook says:

    Canadian coach sharing the ski – giving a competitor dignity in his home country. The good things that come from competition.

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