Shaun White: Over the past two Olympics, Americans had come to rely on Shaun White to bring home men’s halfpipe gold for his country, pulling out gravity-defying, ridiculous moves no one had ever seen before. But in Sochi, we learned this freak of nature is still human–White opted out of the new slopestyle event so he could focus solely on bringing home his third straight halfpipe gold, only to fall in his first run and eventually finish a dismal, shocking fourth.
U.S. Speed Skating Team: With no medals (in regular or short track) and a controversy over the effectiveness of their supposedly "state-of-the-art" racing suits, it’s hard to say whether the U.S. is right about their shoddy equipment or grasping at straws to explain their subpar performance. American speed skating great Shani Davis highlights the disappointment–Davis finished 8th in the 1,000-meter and 11th in the 1,500 meter, despite the fact that he has two Olympic 1,000-meter gold medals and two more 1,500-meter silvers.
Lindsey Jacobellis: Jacobellis, an eight-time X Games champ in snowboard cross, continued to prove that the Olympics are her kryptonite in Sochi. In 2006, she crashed on one of her last jumps in the final, which blew her lead and forced her to settle for a silver medal. Vancouver was even worse, as a wipeout in the semifinals kept her out of the medal round. And this time around, it was more of the same story, as Jacobellis built up a massive lead in her semifinal only to fall near the bottom of the course and get passed by her competitors. She’s still in her 20s though, so maybe next time.
Bob Costas’ Eyes: The anchor of the Olympics suffered from pink eye symptoms that just continued to get worse until Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira had to step in and relieve him for a few days. Way to try toughing it out, Bob, but no need to take an Olympic athlete’s mentality to the news desk.