American Shaun White wins halfpipe Olympic gold


American snowboarder Shaun White has won the gold medal in the men's halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, claiming his third-ever Olympic gold and the US's 100th.

After taking the initial lead, White stumbled in his second run which allowed Japan's Ayumu Hirano to overtake him with the difficult-to-beat score of 95.25.

White has competed with Team USA in every Winter Olympics since 2006, bringing home gold medals in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Unlike his second gold medal run in Vancouver when he knew he'd earned the win before his final run, White had to endure one of the closest finishes in Olympic snowboard history.

Perhaps that's why White broke down after seeing his score, the 97.75, come in after his final run.

Shaun White celebrates after his gold medal winning performance.

There were no flawless scores and no arguments about judging as the world's greatest snowboarder and his young contemporary left Scotty James with a halfpipe bronze medal at the Winter Olympics.

He was the oldest competitor in the halfpipe event in Pyeongchang, South Korea. I actually did the same trick that injured me here in the halfpipe today, so there were a lot of obstacles to overcome.

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

Shaun White is no stranger to the Olympics.

The physical traits are there for him to succeed, as he is trying to complete back-to-back 1440s for his run. The same with his dad, who told reporters earlier that he had never seen White cry.

"It has been an absolute whirlwind season and I've had some really good fights and some ups and downs and it has all been boiling to this point".

If you doubted for one second how much missing the podium in Sochi meant to White and how important redemption was to him, his tearful reaction was enough to prove you wrong. "I'm truly sorry that I chose the word 'gossip, '" he said.

Observant Twitter users wasted little time to turn White from an Olympic hero to enemy of the state.

The 31-year-old suffered a should injury just a month before he needed 62 stitches to his face after he crashed in New Zealand back in October. He also now holds the USA record for the most years between gold medals (12), topping Ted Ligety's previous record of eight.

"Honestly, I feel like there have been times when I feel like I have been a bit shafted".