Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Shaun White wins gold in men's halfpipe with epic final run

Shaun White wins gold in men's halfpipe with epic final run

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.

"I'm very proud of my country and where I come from, but I can assure you that I'm just getting started".

"I'm still shaking, I don't know what's happening".

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

Hirano's 95.25 points in his second run was 2.50 off the mark set by White, who returned to the top of the podium for his third gold, after falling and finishing fourth at the last Olympics in Sochi.

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James recorded his highest score on his first run, to the soundtrack of Thunderstruck, by his beloved rock band AC/DC. His first halfpipe qualifying run of 93.25 put him atop the standings, and with 12 riders making it through to Wednesday's finals, there was no doubt that he would, for the fourth consecutive Olympics, vie for a medal. He, too, did back-to-back 1440s followed by consecutive 1260s.

James had laid down an excellent run that included his signature move, the switch backside 1260 with double cork, a trick with three-and-a-half rotations and a blind entry and landing. But when they announced my score and I'd won, it crippled me.

"I've got to go home and watch the footage to make sure it really happened".

White was given a 97.75. She also earned a Gold Medal for her trouble. He won again at the 2010 Winter Games at 22.

White bounced back in a big way from a sub-par performance in the 2014 Sochi games.

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"Each and every one of the 100 times we have heard our national anthem play in Olympic Winter Games competition has been a truly unique and special moment", Blackmun said in a statement.

"My family just says I like to show off", White said.

"It's like if you've ever been in a relationship and someone is like, they love you".

With five riders scoring over 90 points, one could be forgiven for thinking the riders were performing at their maximum, yet the top three all told reporters after the event that there was more to come.

"I get my favourite spot, dropping in last".

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