Winter Olympics 2014: Snowboarder Shaun White stunned in Sochi by Swiss Iouri Podladtchikov aka 'i-Pod'

White, who had been expected to take his third straight Olympic gold medal, finished fourth

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Swiss Iouri “i-Pod” Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men's snowboarding halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics today to deprive Shaun White of a third successive title.

Russian-born Podladtchikov put in a stunning second run under the lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to earn 94.75 points, which proved enough to win the contest.

Fifteen-year-old Japanese Ayumu Hirano took silver with 93.50 on his second run, pipping his 18-year-old compatriot Taku Hiraoka, who took bronze with 92.25.

White finished fourth after dropping two tricks on his first run and only managing 90.25 on his second.