Olympic Lessons: Are You Better Now than You Were Four Years Ago?

shaun white
shaun white

Before Olympian Shaun White took to the slopes in 2010 men's halfpipe, an NBC correspondent asked how he thought his gold medal performance four years ago in Turin would stand up to the competition today. White acknowledged that given how much other snowboarders have worked to raise their games, it might only be good enough to make the finals.

White successfully defended his gold medal in Vancouver, not because he is as good as he was four years ago, but because he's better. Over the last four years, he's been innovating new tricks like the 1260 degree "Double McTwist" spending hours each day flipping and spinning into a pool of foam cushions.