Shaun White Wins Third Olympic Gold Medal In Dramatic Halfpipe Finish

Shaun White reclaimed his halfpipe throne, winning his first gold medal since 2010.

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This year's men's halfpipe final came down to a dramatic finish in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday.

After falling on his second run, Shaun White was in second place behind Japanese competitor Ayumu Hirano. Standing at the top of the hill before his third and final run, White needed a nearly flawless final run to pass Hirano's second round score of 95.25.

Like we've seen him do so many times over the years, the 31-year-old snowboarder lived up to the moment and delivered a spectacular winning ride—landing back-to-back 1440s. The judges awarded him with an eye-popping score of 97.75.


HE WINS GOLD on his final run in men's snowboard halfpipe! #BestOfUS #WinterOlympics

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 14, 2018

​After finishing fourth in Sochi four years ago, this was White's third Olympic gold medal of his career—and first since 2010. At the bottom of the hill, he met his family in an emotional embrace. 

All of the feels. #WinterOlympics #BestOfUS

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 14, 2018

Shaun's winning run gave Team USA their fourth gold medal of the 2018 games, and their seventh medal overall. It also represented the United States' 100th Winter Olympics gold medal in the team's history.

.@ShaunWhite captures the 100th #WinterOlympics gold medal in Team USA history!

Let's take a look at the other 99!

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 14, 2018

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