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Nine people who don’t know Shaun White is about to lose

SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: Shaun White of the United States crashes out in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Finals (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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.

Last night NBC broadcast the men’s halfpipe, several hours after it ended with Shaun White medal-less. But don’t tell these people that.

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.

The finals started at 10:15 p.m. ET, with a precious unspoiled few still believing a Shaun White victory was in the cards.

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.


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White, U.S. snowboarders stumble in halfpipe | Davis: ‘Sorry’

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Empty seats plague Sochi Games

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Jessica Stahl is editor for social, search and communities on The Post's digital audience team.



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