Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

"Honestly it's one of the most challenging runs I've ever done".

"Man, that was terrible and awesome at the same time", said White, speaking about his long wait for the score after his final run.

White had responded with the second ideal 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 huge fame precluded the ability to make a subjective judgement. "I'm feeling blessed. It means the world to me to come back from Sochi".

White won his third Olympic gold medal Wednesday, and at a time when #MeToo and other movements are calling for more accountability around harassment and abuse, many are giving the accusations against White a closer look.

An uncharacteristic mistake on his second run allowed the airborne Hirano to nearly literally fly into the lead with a thrilling run for 95.25, meaning the pressure switched back to White to deliver when it mattered most. "That really helped me".

"I know what he does and he knows what I do", Ayumu said. I was defeated in my mind before I dropped in. "I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how incredible today was and share my experience". He busted his face in New Zealand a year ago while attempting one of those 1440s, leaving an injury that required 62 stitches.

"Shaun is cool like that", shrugged the 19-year-old Japanese.

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"I am excited about it, the motivation will be there, it is something new, less gear, new competitors", White told reporters after the halfpipe final. So there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and now it's all worth it.

"I know what he does and he knows what I do", Ayumu said.

"Hirano performed well. Hats off to White", said Mamoru Uno of Kobe. "To be able to deliver like that with so much pressure is incredible".

James, who fell on his final routine, said: "It could have gone either way between first and second".

"I've had a insane couple of seasons and stood on a lot of podiums but this one's definitely sentimental", said the Australian. "I was trying to fight back the tears but I couldn't do it".

Earlier in the day, cemented his legacy as America's greatest snowboarder Wednesday by winning his third gold medal for the halfpipe in dramatic fashion. Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard took gold in the men's slopestyle, and fellow 17-year-old Chloe Kim put forth a dominant performance en route to gold in the women's halfpipe. Last fall he underwent emergency surgery on his nose and upper lip in New Zealand after smashing into the deck of the halfpipe during training and arrived in South Korea with stitches in his mouth that still hadn't fully dissolved.

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