KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For the first time since the halfpipe debuted in the 1998 Olympics, no American male snowboarder will be bringing home a medal. The United States was left off the podium at these Sochi Games after all three American riders took spills on their runs in the final round. It’s an unfamiliar territory for the U.S. snowboarding team, and following the day’s competition, Danny Davis, a medal contender who finished in 10th place, had a particularly simple reaction:
“We let America down,” he said. “Sorry, America.”
Still, Davis was able to see the positives of an Olympic podium that featured gold-medal winner Iouri Podladtchivov from Switzerland and a pair of talented Japanese riders.
“The American public and the world now knows that there are other snowboarders beside Shaun White,” Davis said. “I mean, Shaun is, don’t get me wrong, one of the most talented, one of the best riders there is, but there are guys who are just as good, and if not better. Today Iouri was the best rider.”