White’s second run score of 90.25 put him just off the podium behind the new Olympic champion Iouri ‘I-Pod’ Podladtchikov of Switzerland and Japanese riders Ayumu Hirano in silver and Taku Hiraoka in bronze.
"Tonight was just one of those nights. It’s a bummer. I had a game plan. I had a specific run I wanted to land and I didn’t get to put that down. That’s one of the most frustrating things for me. If I land my run and I’m beat then I’m okay with that, but I definitely didn’t get that chance tonight and it happens," said White.
Despite event preparations at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, a full day of competition plus spring-like temperatures created slushy bumps in the halfpipe and provided an extra level of difficulty for all of the athletes.
"It’s all about the fans, the people that come here to watch. Being an Olympian is nothing to scoff at. I’m definitely proud to be here representing the U.S. I’m proud to be an Olympian. I had a tough night, but I think I affected a lot of people that have never seen the sport before. But I don’t think tonight makes or breaks my career. I’ve been snowboarding for so long. I love it and it’s given me so much. I’m happy to take this for what it is and move on and continue to ride," said White.
Both Danny Davis and Greg Bretz were not able to put complete runs to their feet and finished 10th and 12th respectively.