Shaun White is golden, wins Olympic halfpipe in stunning final run

  • Shaun White, of the United States, reacts after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, reacts after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Fans hold an image of Shaun White, of the United States, prior to the start of the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Fans hold an image of Shaun White, of the United States, prior to the start of the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Shaun White, of the United States, jumps during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, jumps during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates after his run during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Shaun White, of the United States, crashes during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Shaun White, of the United States, crashes during the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Shaun White, the greatest snowboarder in Olympic history, earned his third gold medal, beating the field with his final stunning run in the men’s halfpipe.

White scored needed to beat a 95.25 and executed a near flawless 97.75 to win it.

White, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic champion, struggled in 2014 at Sochi, and bounced back with renewed focus to win in South Korea.

At the age of 31, he returned to the Olympics after an eventful year. In December, he suffered a crash in New Zealand that left him hurt and questioning. Last month, he scored a perfect 100 to qualify. But his final run will be remembered forever in Olympic history.

After delivering the top score during a spectacular preliminary competition, White opened with a first run of 94.25 to take the lead.

Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took over the lead with a second run of 95.25.

 

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