When Shaun White announced that he would not compete in the inaugural slopestyle competition, two loud-mouthed Canadians took to Twitter to taunt White’s “fear” of competition.
Both questioned White’s official reason for dropping out of the slopestyle, to focus on his signature halfpipe event and quest for a record three-peat, and instead asserted that White just didn’t want to lose in an event he wasn’t favored.
Gold medal-favorite Max Parrot (@MaxParrot) mocked White, tweeting: “Shaun knows he won’t be able to win the slopes, that’s why he pulled out. He’s scared!” (The tweet was later removed and Parrot offered an apology).
Sebastien Toutant (@SebToots) followed up Parrot's dig, tweeting: “Mr. White…It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win…” Toutant also deleted his criticial tweet.
White was missing from the slopestyle podium and so were two other athletes…the same trash-talking Canadians.
Parrot and Toutant originally came into the finals backing up their smack, in spots one and three respectively after the semifinal run. Winter X Games winner Parrot posted a 97.5 out of 100 to take the top spot, and lamented the loss of the chance to compete against snowboarding’s biggest superstar (White also didn’t compete in the X Games to prepare for Sochi).
With White out of the way, it looked as if Parrot had a clear shot at gold. Instead, he was bested on the podium by a different American, Sage Kostenburg…and Norwegian Staale Sandbech…and Parrot’s teammate Mark McMorris (who was fighting back from a broken rib).
In a risky move during his finals run, Kostenburg used a trick he had never even attempted before, which he called the Holy Crail. Risk was rewarded with a score of 93.5, enough to capture the gold.
Parrot placed fifth with a score of 87.25. His comrade in cockiness, Toutant, fell to ninth with a score of 58.5.
It’s only natural for an Olympic athlete to want to win while competing against the best. At the slopestyle final Parrot and Toutant competed against the best…and lost.
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