White says missing podium 'does not make or break my career'

12 February 2014 09:41
Shaun White realises that 2014 won't bring him another Olympic medal
Shaun White realises that 2014 won't bring him another Olympic medal -
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On a night when a Russian-born Swiss rider was propelled into the snowboarding limelight, halfpipe superstar White (USA) made clear that his 4th in the final of the event he has won at the last two Olympic Winter Games would not "make or break" his career.

White, who had earlier joked that Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) was "making him nervous" as the Swiss landed a series of clean runs in Tuesday's qualification and semi final rounds, revealed his thoughts at a press conference called just after midnight on Wednesday.  

"I think tonight was just one of those nights," said the Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 halfpipe champion. "I had a game plan. I had a specific run I wanted to land and I didn't get to put it down and that's one of the most frustrating things."

After falling once and clipping the lip of the pipe on his first run of the final, the 27-year-old went all out in his second and final run of the competition, but he failed to land a dificult trick clean and repeat his 95.75 high score from the qualification round.

It meant he failed to win a medal for the first time in his Olympic Winter Games career.

White said he now plans to "take a little break" from snowboarding to go on tour with his band, 'Bad Things'.