Shaun White Wins Gold in Winter Olympic Men’s Halfpipe

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Professional snowboarder Shaun White won Gold at the Men’s Halfpipe contest at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The stunning performance gave the 31 year old snowboarder his third Gold Medal with a final score of 97.75, according to The New York Times

Shaun White had been questioned as to whether or not he will compete in this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The halfpipe snowboarding legend was qualified to compete in the Men’s Halfpipe competition after a perfect run at a Grand Prix event in Colorado with a stunning perfect score of 100, according to fansided.com

Shaun White wasn’t used to falling. Watching the world spin wildly with the iconic snowboarder always serving as the point of axis. For Shaun White, falling, let alone failing, was completely foreign. Shaun White’s fourth place finish in the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi left Shaun White in frustration and in a paradox for the sport. Shaun White questioned his priorities. The loss in Sochi allowed Shaun to regain his breath; reorganize the team around him; launching a four- year long journey to prepare for PyeongChang, according to The Washington Post

 Winning is not foreign for Shaun White. White won Gold at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy; Gold in 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada performing in the men’s halfpipe contest in both years. Now just recently winning Gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. White has participated in the X Games every year since 2000. White has has won a medal every year since 2002 in the X Games, with a medal count (18 Gold; 3 Silver; 2 Bronze) among which is the first quadruple win streak by a male athlete in one discipline, the snowboard slopestyle, according to express.co.uk

Shaun White’s success has been followed by hardship, including disappointing finishes like his fourth-place in Sochi, and run-ups that caused two major injuries that both landed him in the hospital are some of the setbacks that pulled Shaun away from the 2018 Olympics. Although having been through many obstacles on his journey to compete in PyeongChang, White will nonetheless compete in the men’s halfpipe contest this year’s Winter Olympics. Appearing for the the fourth time as an Olympian, White officially has three Gold Medals in his Winter Olympic status Time.com

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