- Shaun White Wins Snowboarding Halfpipe in PyeongChang Olympic 2018
- Snowboarding legend Shaun White claimed a gold medal for snowboarding halfpipe in PyeongChang Olympic 2018 on February 14, 2018.
This marks his third victory in the Olympic its 100th gold medal for the U.S in the history of the Winter Games. The victory is his first win in 8 years since 2010.
Last Olympic in Sochi, where he was 4th place on snowboarding halfpipe. After Sochi, he crashed into the edge of a superpipe during practice of snowboarding and injuries to his face required 62 stitches in New Zealand. Despite the accident, he qualified for the 2018 US Olympic Team.
This time, Shaun White swore to win gold medal, a chance to soothe the gnawing disappointment of four years ago.
On February 14, before he headed down for his second run, Japan’s 16-year-old Yuto Totsuka suffered a sickening fall, landing flush on the coping at the top of the halfpipe and damaging his hip.
Ayumu Hirano of Japan showcased 94.25 score ride. But Shaun White showed 20 feet in the air with unprecedented back-to-back 1440s and land an almost vertical slope of ice in his final run.
He earned a score of 97.75 and was trailing Ayumu Hirano by one full point coming in his last run with the score of 94.25.
Finally, the 31-year old Snowboarder took the gold medal, Ayumu Hirano took the silver medal and Scott James of Australia took the the bronze medal.
Shaun White said, “I looked down at the pipe and said to myself, ‘You know you’ve got this. It’s what you’ve done your whole life. Savour this moment, because you might just win the Olympics. It means so much to me, to find the love and passion for my sport again.”
- source : Telegraph