Social Media Erupts With Shaun White Gold Medal Win


"It was all three of us fighting for the top spot and it was just really fun to be a part of this".

White's three gold medals put him second in Winter Olympic success by a USA male athlete to long track speedskater Eric Heiden, who has five Olympic gold medals.

Shaun White's past came back to the forefront as the Olympic snowboarder earned a gold medal during the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

White's PyeongChang run is short with halfpipe competition beginning on February 13 and the medal finals running the following day.

All three medalists - White, Hirano and Australia's Scotty James - hailed Wednesday's final, saying it was arguably the best competition ever.

White, Hirano and James have all stepped up their riding over the course of this season with progressive new runs. But the athlete persevered, and pulled off a stunning final run on Tuesday in PyeongChang. In PyeongChang, he landed two, back-to-back, in an incredibly high-pressure situation.

The 19-year-old uncorked back-to-back 1440s of his own and when the crowd exploded as his 95.25 flashed, he simply shrugged his shoulders, unfazed by the stakes.

That forced White to up the ante. Shaun took the lead after the first round with a 94.75, which fans felt was way too low because what he nailed was so far and above any of his competition. Shaun White tells me it is real.

"That was our game plan today, I wanted to try and drop later in the field tomorrow for finals", James said.

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Shaun White is no stranger to the Olympics. Moreover, she has won all three of her gold medals in Olympic record times including the 1,500m and team pursuit at the Sochi Games in 2014.

The first attempt didn't go so well. His repeat performance in Vancouver four years later, one he finished by stomping a "Double McTwist 1260" with gold already in hand, cemented his status as arguably the greatest ever in his sport.

That created a pressure situation for White on his third attempt.

"Oddly enough, I was a little nervous", White said. I didn't even link the combination, the 14 to 14 [back-to-back 1440s] until I got here this morning.

"To win an Olympic gold medal, my third medal at my fourth Olympics, I'm just beside myself".

"I work so hard, and it is at times like these, obviously we are still focused, but you have to enjoy these experiences", James told Channel Seven.

However, his joy was also punctured when anger erupted online after he dragged the American flag in the snow and got it tangled in his boots.

"I am excited about it, the motivation will be there, it is something new, less gear, new competitors", White said after the halfpipe final.

"Waiting for my final score was terrible and fantastic at the same time". Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson won the men's and women's slopestyle contests, and Chloe Kim won the women's halfpipe event.