Shaun White Places 7th at Dew Tour Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final; Yuto Totsuka Wins

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 19, 2021

COPPER MOUNTAIN, COLORADO - DECEMBER 16: Shaun White of Team United States competes in the men's snowboard superpipe qualifier during day 2 of the Dew Tour at Copper Mountain on December 16, 2021 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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There was no title Sunday for Shaun White as he gears up toward the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

White finished in seventh place in the men's snowboard superpipe final at the Dew Tour at Copper Mountain in Colorado. He posted a disappointing 30.75 and 10.50 on his first two runs, which put the pressure on the final one if he was going to make the podium.

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

These are international competitions. White is still definitively one of the top three American riders, so he will no doubt be on the Olympic team.

While he was much better with an 82.00, it wasn't enough to defeat Yuto Totsuka.

The entire field was left looking up at Totsuka, who took home the title with a score of 95.50 with a spectacular final run. He was joined by Taylor Gold (92.00) and Ruka Hirano (89.00) in the medal positions.

Yet it was White who was the headliner, especially after he delivered under pressure in Thursday's qualifying run. As Michelle Bruton of Forbes noted, he posted a score of just 27.50 in his first qualifying run but clinched a spot in the final with a fourth-place finish with a score of 85.75.

Michelle Brut🎅🏼n @MichelleBruton

I’d say <a href="https://twitter.com/shaunwhite?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@shaunwhite</a> was pretty stoked on that second run. he finishes fourth in qualies with a score of 85.75 and is on to the final Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/DewTour?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DewTour</a> <a href="https://t.co/0n0OO3Btkv">pic.twitter.com/0n0OO3Btkv</a>

Alas, there were not enough late heroics for the snowboarding legend.