In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White falls to Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland

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Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov, left, celebrates with Shaun White of the United States after Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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The landing on his last double cork was less than perfect, too — his knees buckled and nearly touched the snow. Across the finish line, White raised one finger in the air and raised his hands in victory. Yes, sometimes judges reward athletes for what they've done, not what they just did.

Not this time. White's fourth-place score, a 90.25, came up, and he broke into a big smile. He gave Podladtchikov a big hug and fatherly mussed his hair. That kid earned it. And the champion had nothing to complain about.

"I saw videos of Shaun doing it really well," I-Pod said. "I got bummed, said, 'Damn, that's my trick and he's doing it better than me. Today, I guess I was doing it a little better."

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