Here we go.
The first run was incredibly underwhelming (save for the performance from Zhang, who is my new favourite halfpipe rider since the X Games) but the second run was a complete barn burner.
Actually somewhat shocked at how well White's second run scored.
Really sad for Shaun White. It was his last Games, too.
I thought the 15-yo kid should have won, but clearly I have no clue how Halfpipe is scored. Sure he didn't have that #yolo trick, he had 6 to IPod's 5, and was cleaner.
Matt Lauer had specifically asked White whether he was saying goodbye to competition.
In fact, it seemed to me that the major purpose of White's appearance on Today was to make clear -- in so many words -- that he is not retiring.
So I don't know why you think the Sochi Games are White's last. Had he pre-announced his retirement before his Sochi events???
(I too am sad that White did not medal in halfpipe after taking himself out of slopestyle.)
Australia has a medal! Medal medal medal! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Torah!!!!!