So what's this all about?
Snowboarder Shaun White just did something historic at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but some of his personal history is complicating thingsfor him and for the media.
The tension between present and past is emerging in the increasingly schizophrenic coverage of White over the past 12 hours or so. On the one hand, there's plenty of coverage that focuses primarily on his current triumph. For instance, "Shaun White Makes History With Gold Medal Win In Halfpipe" (subhead: "He became the first person to win three gold medals in Olympic snowboarding competitions"), per HuffPost. Or for something even more sympathetic and human-interest-y, here's Us Weekly's take: "Shaun White Cries as He Makes History With Third Olympic Gold Medal."