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Australian flagbearer Scotty James has easily advanced to the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, as Shaun White staked a claim for a third gold medal.

"I mean, he just knocked it out of the park", White's coach, JJ Thomas, said on Saturday, looking back on White's run from a month earlier. The final will also include Americans Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey, and Jake Pates. Shaun White is a national treasure for Americans of all ages, as he won two gold medals in the Men's Halfpipe at Bardonecchia in 2006 and again in Vancouver in 2010. Shaun White should not be allowed to do whatever he wants just because he is famous.

White received a ideal 100 - an exceptionally rare feat - for his final run at last month's U.S. Grand Prix of Snowmass in Colorado, a run that clinched another shot at the Olympics for him.

White will ride last in the final by virtue of qualifying first. It was palpable how excited livestream announcer Todd Richards became at this point as the race for number one in qualifiers, and the position to drop last in finals, heated up exponentially. This is a big old show. "We were like, oh here we go, people are going to be hounding us, dude".

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After Kim's victory in women's halfpipe on Tuesday, the US has now won 99 gold medals all-time at the Winter Olympics. But getting the mindset better is really hard.

There was a world championship win in 2015 and arguably for more important X Games Superpipe bronze in 2016 where the field was much stronger.

Former slopestyle world No.5 Aimee Fuller, who will compete for Great Britain in her pet event in Pyeongchang on Sunday, said White was favoured by judges because of his icon status in the sport. He has been to the Olympics four times and has won gold medals twice during those worldwide competitions. "I kind of know what those two (White and Hirano) are going to be doing, and I like to think I've got something different to give when the time comes".