Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Shaun White qualifies first in halfpipe, sends a message

Shaun White qualifies first in halfpipe, sends a message

On his final run, White threw down back-to-back double cork 1440s showing off his signature amplitude to score a 97.75 to beat Hirano's best run of 95.25.

Australian snowboarder Scotty James has won a bronze medal in the halfpipe at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

As soon as he finished his fun, he lifted both of his hands in the air, realizing he gave the run he needed to earn Olympic Gold.

James, the 2017 world champion, simply went through the motions as he progressed to Wednesday's final, posting a score of 89.00 on his first run before completing qualifying with a 96.75 to be second on the overall standings.

Snowboarding legend Shaun White won another gold medal Wednesday with an epic performance in the men's snowboard halfpipe, but set social media alight for his celebration afterward.

There were no ideal 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.

White came into the final with some momentum-he qualified for the Olympics with a flawless 100 score at the U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass, January and sent a message to the rest of the field in PyeongChang with a near-perfect qualifying run (98.5).

Team USA are threatening to clean up in snowboarding in South Korea, winning all four competitions so far.

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Much has been made of White's quest for a third gold medal ever since a disappointing result at the last Olympics, where he finished fourth and lost his Olympic title to Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov. "And I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how wonderful today was and share my experience".

Shaun White of the U.S. at the Winter Olympics.

Here's video of the first run, which has him in first. The same with his dad, who told reporters earlier that he had never seen White cry.

"Honestly, it's one of the most challenging runs I've ever done", he said. "I'm truly sorry that I chose the word 'gossip, '" he said.

But it seemed nothing would deter the four-time Olympian, who followed back-to-back gold medals in Torino and Vancouver with a fourth-place finish in Sochi.

Off the slopes, White's build-up to the Games was hampered by a facial injury which required 62 stitches - some of which remain in his tongue - and a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.

"I really do think I could be competitive".

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