The ongoing side effect of NBC’s broadcast delay is that most of America knows what’s happened before it airs. Which makes it heartbreaking to watch the few people who didn’t hear and are left rooting for an outcome you know isn’t coming.
Shaun White going for the 3peat! #Olympics2014— Taylor Boggs (@tafrances1) February 12, 2014
Shaun white bout to show the world how we roll here in ′MERICA. #StarsNStripesBaby— Nick Stalker (@Nstalker91894) February 12, 2014
The primetime broadcast started with the semifinals, where a great run landed White in first place and had the blissfully unaware singing his praises.
Before Iouri Podladtchikov’s semifinal run, NBC aired an interview in which Podladtchikov stated that all he wanted to do was best White. He then proceeded to seriously botch his attempt, leading a few of the lucky unknowing to revel in what they thought was schadenfreude, but would later learn was irony.
Bro says he wants to beat Shaun White and falls immediately. Well.— Mary (@marysonofjames) February 12, 2014
See, that’s what happens when you challenge Shaun White. Lmfao— Amanda Phillips (@salamanda_52) February 12, 2014
The finals started at 10:15 p.m. ET, with a precious unspoiled few still believing a Shaun White victory was in the cards.
Shaun White about to come out with that gold again. #USA— Connor Johnson (@SeeJay765) February 12, 2014
I just called my bookie. Put my life savings on Shaun White winning this.— Brett (@slegrbombs71) February 12, 2014
But it was not to be, and for those of us who knew what was coming, all we could do was let the dreamers hold onto hope a little bit longer.
Oh god. H does not know about Shaun White and I just don’t have the heart to tell him. Poor soul.— Mary Anderson (@maryeanderson24) February 12, 2014