Shaun White McTwists Way to Gold

US snowboarder uses signature move to defend crown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2010 10:28 PM CST
American snowboarder Shaun White repeated as Olympic gold medalist in the men's snowboard halfpipe tonight in Vancouver.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Snowboarder Shaun White defended his Olympic title in men's halfpipe tonight, defeating Finland's Peetu Piiroinen to give the US its third gold medal of the day. The Flying Tomato secured the win on his first run without trying his signature trick, the Double McTwist 1260, then did it on his victory lap for a winning score of 48.4.

American Scotty Lago took bronze to give the Americans multiple medal-winners in the same discipline in three consecutive Olympics. US men and women have taken 12 of the 21 halfpipe medals awarded since the sport came to the Olympics in 1998.

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