VIDEO: Shaun White Crashes in a Heroic Final Attempt for Gold at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 02/10/2022, 11:20 PM EST
2022 Beijing Olympics – Snowboard – Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China – February 11, 2022. Shaun White of the United States falls. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Shaun White finally stepped on his fifth and historic Olympic finals today. Looking back at his career, no one would have thought White would dominate the sport even at 35.

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White had the dream to close his career with an Olympic gold; however, things took a rough turn for him in the last and final run.

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Shaun White tries an insane trick but crashes on landing

In the snowboarding halfpipe finals, competitors went through three runs to decide the ultimate king of the sport. White had an amazing start as he scored 85 points in the first run. However, White’s competitors have really leveled up the game. Australian Scotty James and Japanese Ayumu Hirano scored incredible points above 90.

2022 Beijing Olympics – Snowboard – Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China – February 11, 2022. Shaun White of the United States in action. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In the last and the final run of his Olympic career, White again had a start that stopped everyone’s heartbeat, thinking he will just make it to the podium. But to the sadness of his fans and himself, White had a harsh landing as he crashed. At that moment, Shaun knew it was over.

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White’s younger rival, Ayumu Hirano, took the gold medal with his unbelievable performance.

Ayumu Hirano creates history at Beijing Olympics

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For the first time in Olympic history, snowboarding witnessed the triple cork trick. Ayumu successfully landed the trick, leaving everyone stunned with his outing at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. Hirano secured incredible 96 points in the final run to take over Shaun White’s place in snowboarding.

While Shaun’s career might be over, he still finished at the fourth position in his last Olympic outing. And he might not reappear in the mega games, but will always be the pioneer and king of the sport, and the world is going to cherish his career forever.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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