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Switzerland Beats Out White, Wins Halfpipe Gold

Image: Switzerland's Podladtchikov reacts during the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor
Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov reacts after receiving a score of 94.75 during the second run of the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 11. Podladtchikov placed first in the competition, ahead of Teams Japan's Ayumu Hirano in silver and Taku Hiraoka in bronze. DYLAN MARTINEZ / Reuters

Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov reacts after receiving a score of 94.75 during the second run of the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 11. Podladtchikov placed first in the competition, ahead of Team Japan's Ayumu Hirano in silver and Taku Hiraoka in bronze.

Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov, bottom, celebrates with Shaun White of the United States after Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov, bottom, celebrates with Shaun White of the United States after Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Andy Wong / AP