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USA TODAY Sports Shaun White of the U.S. reacts after failing to medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Tuesday in Rosa Khutor.

Snowboard star White misses medal, mild weather a worry

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SOCHI, Russia — American snowboarder Shaun White, one of biggest draws at the Winter Olympics and favorite to win his third straight halfpipe title, bowed out without a medal on Tuesday in the biggest upset of the Games so far.

The 27-year-old was criticized for withdrawing from the slopestyle event to avoid risk of injury and the strategy backfired when Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov was comfortably the better jumper and twister in the floodlit final.

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