Shaun White has been the talk of the town in 2014. From not participating to the 2014 Winter X Games, to pulling out from Slopestyle the week before, and lastly pursuing a gold medal three-peat on the half-pipe.
On Tuesday, White and the other snowboarders took to the half-pipe. In the end, White failed to medal and finished fourth in the 2014 Olympics half-pipe event. After what people are calling his worst performance of his career by not medaling, people are bashing on the American snowboarder and saying the Shaun White Era is officially over and his legacy is down the drain.
Let me be the first person to tell you, both of those are not the case. However, let’s first back to what White has done for both the United States and snowboarding since his respective X Games and Olympic games began.
In 2002, White’s X Games fame began with his first medal coming with a silver in Superpipe and Slopestyle. Since then, White has won 13 gold medals and two bronze medals across Slopestyle and Superpipe. White also found success in the Olympics with winning gold during the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
While 2014 was not a kind year for White, it shouldn’t matter for his successful legacy. Additionally, his career is not over just yet. The 27-year-old American snowboarder has more to give and 2015 looks to be a bounce back year.
White’s success has brought snowboarding and the Winter X Games to the forefront of the American sports scenes; people tune into the Winter X Games and Winter Olympics just to watch the red-headed snowboarder. Likewise, White has found success skateboarding during the Summer X Games, so do not be surprised if White’s name shows up during the 2016 Olympics.
Overall, White’s fourth place half-pipe finish is just a fluke. Yes, it is his worst Olympic performance yet, but it won’t deter him moving forward. Furthermore, White is one of the best American snowboarders ever, and his legacy will not be affected by his poor Sochi Olympics performance.
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