Shaun White Makes Olympic History for US

He's the first American male to win gold at 3 different Games
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2018 9:39 PM CST
Updated Feb 14, 2018 1:00 AM CST
Shaun White of the United States celebrates his gold-winning run during the men's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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(Newser) – Shaun White didn't just win the gold medal in the men's halfpipe on Wednesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics, he cemented himself as the "unquestioned greatest snowboarder ever," writes Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post. White threw down a spectacular final run to slip by Japan's Ayumu Hirano with a score of 97.75 to 95.25, per the AP. White is the first American male to win gold at three separate Winter Games.

He won his first gold at age 19, his second at 23, then suffered a lapse and got shut out at age 27. That makes this year's win at 31 that much sweeter. "He is once again the unquestioned greatest snowboarder in the world, now with a magnificent final chapter," declares Kilgore. (Read more Shaun White stories.)

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