Shaun White continues to be the biggest American star at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. White is the perfect intersection of athletic ability and marketing prowess. He’s a gold medal winner with the best nickname around; the flying tomato. In fact he might be the only Olympian we know well enough to deserve a nickname. White’s trademark red hair is much shorter this year, but he’s still the biggest name in US Olympics.
When White pulled out of the slopestyle event it was worldwide news. White decided the new slopestyle course was far too dangerous, and would distract from his work in the halfpipe. It made sense that other snowboarders criticized White. He’s able to do things normal athletes couldn’t. Now with the halfpipe qualifying starting White is once again making news. This time he’s taken aim at the quality of the halfpipe. It appears the high temperatures in Sochi are creating a slushy middle of the halfpipe.
All this adds up to White making an important run for gold tonight as halfpipe qualifying kicks off on NBC. Besides White the Figure Skating pairs begin their graceful battle for gold.
Action-sports icon Shaun White hits the halfpipe. Plus, Keri Herman and Devin Logan give the U.S. a pair of podium contenders in the women’s slopestyle event of Freestyle Skiing. Coverage also includes Figure Skating (pairs short program) and the Olympic debut of women’s Ski Jumping.
Date: Monday, February 11th
Episode Title: XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi – Shaun White
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com