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Shaun White rolls back the years for gold

Shaun White rolls back the years for gold

"Honestly it's one of the most challenging runs I've ever done".

As he exited the pipe after that final run, White punched the air in delight but he admitted that what followed was both "awful and amazing" as he waiting agonisingly for his score.

White had responded with the second flawless score of his career in the pre-Games US trials, a result which drew some criticism from contemporaries, including Australian bronze medallist Scotty James, who intimated the American's enormous fame precluded the ability to make a subjective judgement. "I still feel disappointed, but I did the best I could".

White won his third Olympic gold medal Wednesday, and at a time when #MeToo and other movements are calling for more accountability around harassment and abuse, many are giving the accusations against White a closer look.

But Hirano went in front in run two with a score of 95.25, which included back-to-back 1440s - two consecutive jumps spinning through 1440 degrees - seen as one of the hardest tricks in the sport. "I guess I'm nearly expected to do these flawless runs and I can't help but wonder if they're kind of going to nit-pick my run because of that.

I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and the board", he said. I was defeated in my mind before I dropped in. "And I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how awesome today was and share my experience, but yeah", White said.

White also said he's "grown as a person over the years" and is "proud of who I am today".

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While training for Pyeongchang in New Zealand in October, White crashed on the lip of the halfpipe and suffered serious facial injuries which required 62 stitches. So there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and now it's all worth it.

Hawk, widely regarded as the greatest skateboarder in history and a pioneer for numerous tricks in the sport, first met White when he was nine years old.

James, White and Hirano have eyed this showdown on the world stage for months and Hirano - who edged James in the X Games last month, an event White opted to skip after locking down a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team - shrugged when asked if he was concerned about the 98.50 White put up on Tuesday to earn the right to go last in the finals.

"I'm still shaking; I don't know what's happening".

James saw his hopes dashed when he fell on his final effort but was still on an emotional high. "Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn't mean any disrespect".

A third Olympic gold for White, and with it emphatic confirmation that, even among contemporaries some of whom are not far off half his age, when it comes to elite snowboarding, Shaun White still reigns supreme.

The 17-year-olds Chloe Kim and Red Gerard, and fellow American Jamie Anderson have all won in Pyeongchang, where competitors have struggled with blustery winds.


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