On the surface, Shaun White’s redemption song, a four-year fightback from rock bottom that culminated on Wednesday morning with his third Olympic gold medal in the snowboard halfpipe, is as deeply satisfying a story as you will find at these Winter Games.
“It was a deja vu situation to the Sochi Olympics [where White finished fourth after starting as overwhelming favourite],” he said after Wednesday’s victory. “I’m so thankful that I got to stand there again and know who I am, and know what I can do, and do that run to win it. It’s so rare that you get these opportunities to redeem yourself in life and in your career and I took advantage of that.”
There are few things more precious in life than a second chance and to watch White make the most of his was the type of moment that makes the Olympics, for all their problems, worthwhile. Which makes White’s elusive and oblique response on Wednesday afternoon to the sexual harassment allegations that resurfaced this week all the more disheartening.
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