As we told you earlier this afternoon, Shaun White did not win a medal in the halfpipe event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He finished in fourth in the halfpipe and missed out on the chance to win his third consecutive gold medal in the event. We haven't gotten to see White's performance yet—it'll air later tonight on NBC—but all indications are that White just wasn't as good as the three snowboarders who finished ahead of him.
There are a lot of people on Twitter who aren't willing to accept that as the reason for White's loss, though. There are lots and lots of people who think that White's decision to cut his signature hair off back in 2012 had something to do with it:
Shouldn't have cut your hair Shaun white SMH— OGage Kennedy (@gage_kennedy6) February 11, 2014
Fourth place for USA's Shaun White? The Flying Tomato never should've cut his hair!— FionaForbes (@FionaForbes) February 11, 2014
There are others who are blaming communism:
Shaun white not placing in the half pipe gives me suspicion and reason to believe that he is a communist— Steven Wonder (@Evenn_Steven) February 11, 2014
Damn you Shaun White #Communist— PAPA BURG (@kevin_clifton) February 11, 2014
Wow Shaun White didn't medal in halfpipe. He's a communist.— John Pezza (@_PezzaJ) February 11, 2014
There are some people wondering if there is some kind of conspiracy at play:
Conspiracy theorist in me considers possibility Shaun White is habituated to riding perfect halfpipes - the one in Sochi is very flawed.— David Dunstan (@ddunstan) February 11, 2014
Shaun White loses the halfpipe to a Russian born in Sochi... I smell something fishy #conspiracy— Josh Stinnett (@stinnettjosh) February 11, 2014
And these people even found a way to pin White's loss on President Obama, because, you know, everything is Obama's fault, right?
Shaun White got 4th in the half pipe, thanks Obama— Megan Shannahan (@emmmmkay) February 11, 2014
I blame Obama for Shaun White not winning— Travis Farmer (@T___farm3) February 11, 2014
Shaun White won a Gold medal when Bush was President. Thanks Obama.— ✞•ⓡⓨⓛⓔⓔ•✞ (@rylee_blevins) February 11, 2014
But the fact of the matter is that this is why White is going to leave Sochi without a medal around his neck:
Shaun White: "It wasn't my night, which is really tough to say. It's a big night. But I'm OK with it." #SochiSMG— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 11, 2014
Sad but true. Sorry, guys, but you're just going to have to deal with it.