Why Even Olympians Choke

By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Originally Published: 13 February 2014

Russia is nine hours ahead, so we all knew what would happen, and somehow that made it even worse. At first Shaun White—flying tomato, snowboarding legend, two-time Olympic gold medalist—sailed through the halfpipe with characteristic aplomb. Then, there was trouble on one of his first tricks, and he slid down part of the ramp on his rear.

“That’s okay!” we thought (or would have thought, had we not already seen the result on Twitter.) There was still time for White to recover the run… Click here to read on

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