The men’s snowboard halfpipe final featured a dramatic conclusion as Team USA’s Shaun White, aiming to shake off a poor first run that saw him slam into the lip of the Rosa Khutor pipe, was last to go out on the second run – and the last with a shot to take down leader Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov.
Prior to White’s fateful run, I-Pod had moved into gold medal position by earning a second-run score of 94.75 after pulling off the YOLO Flip, a cab double cork 1440.
The Swiss rider himself was the first ever to land it in international competition last March at the X Games in Tignes, France.
With the gauntlet having been thrown, White had to go big and he did so by including the YOLO Flip in his own second run. But he didn’t land it as clean as I-Pod did.
White would earn a 90.25 but it wasn’t enough to earn him a medal – and with that, I-Pod became the new Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion.
In this GE Brilliant Performances clip on NBCOlympics.com, you can watch a move-by-move breakdown of both White and I-Pod’s final runs. It’s part of a bigger “Shaun White vs. I-Pod” playlist loaded with videos from last night’s event.