Winter Olympics 2018: Shaun White wins U.S. its 100th winter games gold

Winter Olympics 2018: Shaun White wins U.S. its 100th winter games gold

White had responded with the second flawless score of his career in the pre-Games US trials, a result which drew some criticism from contemporaries, including Australian bronze medallist Scotty James, who intimated the American's enormous fame precluded the ability to make a subjective judgement.

Afterwards, he credited his rivals, including Australian Scotty James who took the bronze, with keeping him on his toes.

However, White matched Hirano with consecutive 1440s of his own, scoring a 97.75 in the final run of the competition.

"Most of the field saves a bunch of tricks for finals and just tries to put one down in qualifiers but today a bunch of people threw down really good runs on their first run. some insane tricks and got high scores".

White said it had been an agonising wait for his score from the judges to come through, as he pipped Hirano to the title to make United States history.

"Shaun White starts at the top and they deduct his points so unless he does anything in particular wrong, he's staying at the top - he's got Shaun White Points".

Snowboarder Shaun White has cemented his place as one of the sport's greatest of all time - but some old accusations have joined the moment. At the Sochi Olympics the following year he won a silver medal aged 15. White also had a tumultuous time in between Olympics, getting accused of sexual harassment by a former female drummer in his band and suffering a gruesome injury to his face that he revealed in an interview with NBC's Mike Tirico made him question his future in snowboarding.

As his snowboarding career was taking off, White was also competing as a professional skateboarder, winning Vert gold at the 2007 X Games, a year after his first Olympic gold in the halfpipe.


This time around, it felt like redemption.

He more than fulfilled the task of performing one of the most impressive halfpipe performances in the history of the Winter Games.

He added: "I actually did the same trick that injured me here in the halfpipe today".

"Pretty nerve-wracking not getting the first one down", said Pates, who meditated and plugged in some tunes to settle himself before stomping a second run that qualified him eighth in the 12-man final.

"I have to get to the medal ceremony", he said while being ushered away by Alexakos.

"I just have to thank my team", he said of the mental toughness it took to recover from the injuries. "But I had to dig deep for this one and getting that score at the end was overwhelming - I was crippled with joy".

Two-time Olympic gold medallist White was up to the challenge. Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson won the men's and women's slopestyle contests, and Chloe Kim won the women's halfpipe event. He shed a shower of happy tears after finding out he won another gold medal.

"It's fantastic", he said, "my family have been so supportive of me this entire time, from the get-go".

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