Shaun White in the last Olympic halfpipe: the snowboarder says goodbye

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The three-time Winter Olympics gold medalist, who earlier announced his impending retirement, placed fourth in the men’s halfpipe

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ZHANGJIAKOU — American snowboarder Shaun White said a tearful goodbye after a final performance Friday at Genting Snow Park.

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The three-time Winter Olympics gold medalist, who earlier announced his impending retirement, placed fourth in the men’s halfpipe. His impact on the sport was immense and global, and he was greeted with a round of loud applause after crashing his board into the snow one last time.

“A lot of emotions are going through me right now,” White, 35, said after leaving the course. “Cheers from the crowd, some kind words from my fellow competitors downstairs. I’m so happy.

“Snowboarding, thank you. She’s the love of my life.”

Japanese Ayumu Hirano (96 points) won gold, Australian Scott James (92.50) silver and Swiss Jan Scherrer (87.25) bronze. No Canadians participated in the final round.

White’s best score was 85. He crashed in his last race trying to fight his way into the medals.

Shaun White of the United States gestures after his run in the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Shaun White of the United States gestures after his run in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Final during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Photo by Ben Stansall /AFP/Getty Images

“All of my fellow contestants have been so nice,” White said. “Many of them patted me on the back and told me that the figures in sports wouldn’t be what they are today without my efforts, and I want to thank them for having me. ( They) supported me and let me do my thing.

White is the only snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals. He won them in 2006, 2014 and 2018. He also won 23 X Games medals, including 15 gold.

“I’m proud of the races I’ve done,” White said. “I’m proud to be here for my last goodbye.

“I just missed the podium. I would have loved to hang out with everyone one last time, but you don’t always get what you want. You get what you need.

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