SOCHI — Shaun White is going to need more time to get past this one.
A day after White failed to make the podium at the Sochi Olympics, he went on TODAY to discuss his disappointing fourth-place finish.
White had won the previous two gold medals but saw Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov win the event here while Japan's Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka took silver and bronze, respectively.
"I wish I could say I'm a little better," he said. "But I'm all right."
The most dominant competitive snowboarder in the world, White struggled to land the run he wanted here. With Podladtchikov nailing a switch frontside double cork 1440, or YOLO flip, White couldn't do enough to get on the podium.
"It's tough. I've dealt with this a lot when I was younger, coming up in the ranks," he told host Matt Lauer. "I've learned a lot from it. It was a tough night. For everyone.
"I'm appreciative of being an Olympian. But yeah I'm a bit disappointed in my performance."
White acknowledged the pressure on him in trying to be the first American male to win three consecutive golds in a Winter Olympics event. That he gave up the chance to medal in slopestyle, which made its debut at the Games, only added to it.
White made the team in both events, but the qualification process took a toll on his body with ankle and shoulder injuries affecting him in the past two months.
"I pulled out of slopestyle, an event I really, really, really wanted to compete in," he said. "I needed the extra practice for the halfpipe."
He's already run through his head "countless times" what he could have done differently, White said.
At 27, White says he's not ready to be done. A thank you video he posted on Tuesday was not meant to announce his retirement, he said, and added that he thinks he'll be competing at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
For now, though, he'll tour with his band as he tries to learn from these Olympics.
"I don't think it makes or breaks my career," he said, "but I'm definitely disappointed."