Shaun White finished fourth in the Half Pipe event. The event in which he has won Gold for the past two Olympics.
That would be fourth in the world.
Am I fourth best in the world in anything? No.
Is anyone that has since spoken like fourth in the world is a disaster, fourth best in the world in anything? Probably not.
I, of course, mean all the people who talk of Shaun White’s fourth place, “non-medal” finish with a tone of disgust, a hint of ridicule, or the scent of failure.
He’s fourth best in the world after reigning for the past 8 years as #1. I still say Wow! That is incredible! Congrats!
If you are not still in awe, check yourself. Fourth out of 7,000,000,000 ain’t too bad and a whole lot better than I could have done.
Thanks Shaun. Thanks for going for it on that last run. Thanks for congratulating #1,2, & 3 when it was all done. Thanks for the fun over all these years.
BTW- Everyone rightfully went nuts for Erin Hamlin who finished third in the women’s Luge: the first American Individual Luge Medal ever. I guess according to some, we can only be happy for Silver and Gold in those events now.