Shaun White's road to the according to USA Today.just got a lot bumpier on Thursday. The two-time gold medalist and 31-year-old snowboarder scrubbed landings on each of his two runs in Thursday's prelims at the Dew Tour, failing to make Friday's men's final with a 14th-place finish,
The Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge is the second of four Olympic qualifiers for halfpipe leading up the PyeongChang Olympics, which begin Feb. 9 in South Korea.
According to the Dew Tour's recap of the event, White looked primed to qualify first during his first run down the pipe before scrubbing the landing on his signature double McTwist on his last hit. On his second run. White then had a fall on his third hit during his second run, which left him on the outside looking in. Here's some video of the fall.
White finished third -- and was the second-place American -- in the opening Olympic qualifier at Copper Mountain last weekend behind American Ben Ferguson and the winner, 2014 Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan. A solid finish in Breckenridge would've helped his bid to land one of three spots on the United States' men's team. White cannot qualify for the 2018 Olympics until January as a result of his Thursday finish, though the good news is that he has two additional qualifiers, in Snowmass and California's Mammoth Mountain, and the final U.S. Olympic team rankings will only factor in each athlete's two best results.
U.S. coaches also have discretionary picks, and it remains unlikely that the two-time gold medalist would be left off the U.S. Olympic roster.
Ben Ferguson was the top qualifier for Friday's final while his brother Gabe took third. The second place qualifier was Jake Pates. If you're interested in checking out coverage from the Dew Tour stop for Friday's men's and women's ski and snowboard halfpipe finals or Saturday's slopestyle finals,.