Snowboarding legend Shaun White triumphed another golden honour Wednesday with an epic rendition in the men’s snowboard halfpipe, but set social media alight for his revel afterward.
White was handed the American flag. He was already accommodating on to his snowboard at the time, so the flag pointed up dragging on soil behind him. At one point, White appeared to accidentally step on it.
Observant Twitter useds consumed little time to turn White from an Olympic hero to enemy of the state.
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White subsequently apologized for the accident, but told reporters afterwards he did not know he had tell the flag touch the floor.
“I recollect being sided the flag but I was trying to employ my gloves on and nurse the flag and get board, ” White said. “Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any impudence. The pennant that’s hovering on my home right now is behavior up there. So sorry for that. But I’m definitely proud — very proud — to be a part of Team USA and being an American and to be representing for everyone back home.
White’s gold-medal victory in Pyeongchang, South Korea was Team USA’s 100 th golden medal in Winter Recreation history.
His win constructs him the first American male to acquire amber in three different Wintertime Recreation. The snowboarding starring, 31, previously won the gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010.
The flag should never stroke the ground or anything beneath it, and should be raised and lowered briskly, according to U.S. Flag Code.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report .