Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Three-Peat

Shaun White, an American superstar snowboarder, was seeking his third straight Olympic Gold Medal in the Half-Pipe.  White chose not to participate in the 2014 Winter X-Games, and White bowed out of the Sochi Olympic Slopestyle all supposedly to concentrate on his signature event, the Half-Pipe.

After the qualification round in Sochi, Shaun White was in the lead.  However, White crashed during his first Half-Pipe run in the finals  When social media reported that White bent a board, I attributed it to snowboarder lingo.  As it turns out, this was no figure of speech.

One wag on Twitter suggested that the snowboard judges at Sochi were not impressed by Shaun White's Salvador Dali inspired run.

Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali (1953)

 The bent board certainly seemed surreal.   But delving into Dali's deeper meaning of melted watches is that time is fluid and you can not hold onto it.  So it goes with White's dreams of an Olympic  Half-Pipe three-peat.

While White scored a 90.25 on his final run, White placed fourth in the Half Pipe,  finishing behind Swiss Gold Medalist Ioiri Podladtchikov (a.k.a. "IPod") and Japanese Snowboarders Ayuma Hirano and Taku Hiraokahirano who took the Silver and the Bronze Medals respectively.

Half Pipe Medalists at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

h/t: George Nimeh

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