I-Pod topples Shaun White: Twitter reacts
This year's halfpipe final certainly got a lot of people talking.
Indeed in every Olympic season, halfpipe is one of the most eagerly-anticipated and oft-discussed events on the program. This year there was even more hype than usual with two-time defending gold medalist Shaun White trying to pull off a historic three-peat. The odds-on favorite, most people expected White to win gold once again.
But as the event built towards an increasingly-dramatic conclusion, Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov stepped up and put down an incredible, gold medal-winning run, while White struggled to land his tricks cleanly and ultimately finished off the podium altogether. Once the event reached its finale, that's when Twitter lit up.
Here's a taste of the reactions from around the world of Twitter after I-Pod's monumental halfpipe upset.
Speechless— Ellery Hollingsworth (@ellerybreck) February 11, 2014
Men pipe finals...not what I expected but way to stick it threw in the tough conditions of the pipe! #Isaluteyou— Kaitlyn Farrington (@KaitlynFarr) February 11, 2014
Blame it on the pipe!— Jack Mitrani (@jackmitrani) February 11, 2014
What just happened— Arielle Gold (@arielletgold) February 11, 2014
Oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!— Kaitlyn Farrington (@KaitlynFarr) February 11, 2014
Long day. Glad it's over. Crazy podium. Tough conditions. Glad I'm still in one piece— Greg Bretz (@gregbretzz) February 11, 2014
Wowzers— Mark McMorris (@markmcmorris) February 11, 2014
“@Shay_Will: Damn, thought Ayumu had that one.” Me too— Justin Dorey (@Justin_dorey) February 11, 2014
Danny Davis on Shaun White: "Fourth was a gift, man." Damn.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2014
Danny Davis: "We let America down. Sorry, America."— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2014
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