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Danny Davis: Shaun White losing is good for snowboarding

Shaun-WhiteShaun White turned in a disappointing performance in the men’s halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday. The stage was set perfectly for the gold medal favorite, as he was the last boarder to ride in the final round. White’s score of 90.25 was not enough to earn a medal. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov took home the gold.

While many Americans felt that White’s performance was a letdown, fellow US snowboarder Danny Davis saw it as a positive.

“You know it’s good for snowboarding, man,” Davis said, per Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. “The world knows now that there are other snowboarders besides Shaun. It’s great, man, because there are a bunch of good riders in our sport and they deserve some credit, too.”

Davis, who finished 10th after wiping out twice, also thought the judges did White a favor by giving him a high enough score to finish fourth.

“Well, fourth was a gift, first of all,” Davis said.

White failed to land one of his tricks, which usually makes it incredibly difficult to score above a 90. His name may have contributed to the score, but White is proud of what he has done for the sport of snowboarding.

“I think I have affected a lot of people,” he said. “People who had never seen the sport before … I always want to be more than just a snowboard. This is a big part of who I am, but it’s not all of who I am.”

White is to snowboarding as Tiger Woods is to golf. Golf was not nearly as popular among the younger generation before Tiger came along. Now, Woods is struggling to win tournaments because the people who grew up idolizing him are keeping pace with him on the course. White has grown the sport of snowboarding, which means he faces more competition now than ever. That was evident in Sochi.

Shaun White suffered a nasty black eye in training before Olympics

Shaun White black eye

Shaun White has made snowboarding look pretty easy over the past several years, but we’re starting to see that it’s not all that simple.

White finished fourth in the halfpipe during the Winter Games in Sochi, and the US failed to medal in the event for the first time since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1998. White’s struggles came when he was unable to execute the Yolo flip, a trick created by Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov, who is known as I-Pod. I-Pod won the gold in the event by executing his trick to the pleasure of the judges.

White said that being able to execute the Yolo flip in training was his downfall, because that convinced him he could do the difficult trick in competition.

White’s fourth-place finish in the event reminds me of a photo White posted on his Twitter account on Jan. 27, two weeks before the competition. The photo shows him with a massive black eye he suffered in training.

Now I’m starting to wonder if he got that trying the Yolo trick in practice.

White has also opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. He pulled out of the Winter X Games before the Olympics, and he also pulled out of the slopestyle event in Sochi so he could focus on his best event. And now he didn’t even medal.

Shaun White shows new double-cork 1440 trick for Sochi (Video)

Shaun WhiteShaun White is already the best snowboarder on the planet, and now he is adding a new trick to the repertoire.

In a video posted by his sponsor GoPro on Thursday, White showed off his new front double-cork 1440 trick that he will be using at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. White unveiled the Double McTwist 1260 for the Vancouver Olympics, where he won gold in the halfpipe for the second time. White will be looking for his third consecutive Winter Games gold medal in the halfpipe, and with a move like this, it’s highly likely that he captures it.

Shaun White cut his hair for charity (Video)

shaun-white-hairShaun White became famous after winning gold medals at the Olympics in snowboarding, but his striking long red hair is what truly made him recognizable. When he won his first gold medal at the Torino Olympics in 2006, White became known as “The Flying Tomato,” which was a play on his aerial abilities and his red hair. Six years later, White cut ties with his most identifiable feature when he decided to cut his hair for charity.

In a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, White was seen getting his long red hair cut for “Locks of Love.” White said he had been thinking about cutting his hair for a while, and he decided to do it for a good cause.

According to its website, “Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.”

White joins many other athletes and celebrities who have donated their hair to the charity.

What was his reason?

“Somebody needs it more than I do.”

Few can argue with that. This is a good way for White to rehab his image after the whole drunken hotel incident in Nashville.

Shaun White dresses as the Little Mermaid for Halloween (Picture)

That’s it, pack it up. Everyone go home. Just shut it all down. Shaun White ended Halloween with the costume to defeat all costumes.

The gold medalist snowboarder and world famous skateboarder dressed as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” on Halloween, tweeting out the picture you see above on Wednesday. He capped off the costume by tweeting a line from the movie: “It’s a dinglehopper. Humans use these little babies… to straighten their hair out,” he said of the fork he was holding.

Crossdressing is apparently a regular thing for White during Halloween. It’s a wonder how he pulled supermodel Bar Refaeli while displaying such questionable behavior. Maybe the chicks just dig it.

Photo via Shaun White/Twitter

Shaun White arrested for causing stir at hotel, has black eye in mug shot (Picture)

Shaun White was arrested after allegedly causing a stir at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday morning, and then trying to leave the scene.

White is alleged to have pulled a fire alarm causing all the hotel guests to evacuate, and according to WKRN-TV in Nashville, a hotel employee saw him destroy a hotel phone.

White apparently tried grabbing a cab to leave the scene outside the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, but another person was able to stop him from fleeing. Only one problem — White is said to have kicked the person. The person tried chasing White, who eventually crashed into a fence. That could be how he got the black eye.

He was charged with public intoxication and vandalism.

Just another typical night out on the town for the snowboarder/skateboarder extraordinaire! Maybe he just needs the calming influence of his model girlfriend around in order to set him straight.

UPDATE: White apologized for his behavior on Tuesday.

“I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I was celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I’m truly sorry for my poor behavior.”

Bar Refaeli, Shaun White attend Michael Phelps’ race (Picture)

Bar Refaeli and Shaun White are doing nothing to dispel the rumors that they are dating. The two spent part of their day on Tuesday watching Michael Phelps race during the Olympics in London.

“@shaun_white and me celebrating @MichaelPhelps with the family:) great job buddy!!! Amazing!” Refaeli tweeted.

“Congrats @MichaelPhelps! Just watched him win his 19th medal. Hanging with his family,” said White.

Phelps spent a good part of his morning on Wednesday responding to tweets from fellow athletes, White included.

Let’s see: Refaeli and White were spotted dancing it up at a club at the end of May, and now they’re in London and hanging out together? Yeah, something is definitely going on.