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While much of America mourns the fallibility of one of its biggest Sochi medal hopes, there are more than a few snowboarders who view Shaun White's failure to win a third straight Olympic gold as a positive for the sport.White has become the face of the X Games-inspired sports that have reinvigorated the Winter Olympics since he won halfpipe gold as a teenager in Turin and retained his title in Vancouver four years later.One thing that Tuesday's final did indicate is that, without White, the sport's Olympic future might not be an American or even a European one.The failure of White, Davis and Greg Bretz to medal left the United States without a man on the podium for the first time in an Olympic halfpipe final.There remains a good chance, however, that a 31-year-old White will be twirling in the air high above the Olympic halfpipe in 2018 .
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