Feb 9, 2022; Zhangjiakou, China; Shaun White (USA) in the Men s Snowboard Halfpipe qualifications during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Genting Snow Park. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

One of the greatest careers in the history of the Winter Olympics came to an end on Thursday night when snowboarder Shaun White said farewell to the games and competitive snowboarding.

We knew that White was retiring at the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics. With that, we knew that his final run in the halfpipe would be the final time we’d ever see him at the Olympics. The question was, would he go out with a medal? He entered his final run in fourth place. He needed a score of 87.25 to at least be in medal position.

It didn’t happen. White fell during his last run and finished the event in fourth place. In front of him were gold medalist Ayumu Hirano from Japan, silver medalist Scotty James from Australia, and bronze medalist Jan Scherrer from Switzerland.

If there was any silver lining behind his fall, it’s that he got to soak in the tributes as he glided down the mountain.

White was emotional at the end of his run.


He was not the only one, as the tributes came in after his performance.

Indeed, a lot has changed since White won the gold medal in his 2006 Olympic debut.

Going forward, there will be plenty of other athletes to cheer for in snowboarding, as well as the other winter sports. But the end of White’s competitive career represents the definite end of an era.

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