Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

It was flawless. He started his run with a 1440 and then went straight into a double 1080.

He came close to repeating the feat on the biggest stage of them all - scoring 97.75 on his third run to clinch the gold over Ayumu Hirano of Japan.

Hirano scored the silver medal, while Australian snowboarder Scotty James won bronze.

The 31-year-old pulled off an epic final run to avenge the disappointment of missing out on a medal four years ago and add to his legacy following golds in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.

"He ripped his face in half, more or less, and you can still see the scars", the Associated Press quoted White's coach, JJ Thomas, as saying. In the Team USA history book, his three gold medals put him second to short track speedskater Bonnie Blair and long track speedskater Eric Heiden, who holds the record with five apiece.

"I was hoping that first run would skate through and I could do a victory lap".

"I'm proud of myself". I had this insane injury in New Zealand (in October) where I busted my face open.

"He (White) just comes out and he knows these moments and he just delivers".

After 17-year-old Red Gerard surprisingly took the men's slopestyle on the first day of competition, Jamie Anderson won the women's slopestyle, while Chloe Kim dominated the women's halfpipe.

With the gold came other accolades, White is the first three-time Olympic champion snowboarder and he's now the first American man to win the same individual event three times at three different Winter Olympics.

Much has been made of White's quest for a third gold medal ever since a disappointing result at the last Olympics, where he finished fourth and lost his Olympic title to Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov. Unfortunately for White, the flag ended up being the only part of his performance that went negatively.

"Im still shaking, I dont know whats happening".

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