Shaun White Wins Halfpipe Gold Again

Shaun White’s still got it. The 31-year-old, after posting an insane 98.50 score in qualifying, earned his third-career Olympic gold medal with his third run of 97.75 points in a halfpipe competition that became somewhat muted following a disastrous crash on the halfpipe by Yuto Totsuka. White beat out Ayumu Hirano, who got 95.25 in his second run.


White, once the undisputed king of snowboarding, came to Pyeongchang with some doubts about his remaining abilities. He had finished fourth in the halfpipe in 2014, and an ugly crash on a pipe back in October required 62 stitches, which raised questions about whether he could even make it to the Olympics this time around. But this was a vintage run from the dude formerly known as the Flying Tomato, and his win means that the U.S. men and women both take home gold in the halfpipe, after Chloe Kim killed it with back-to-back 1080s last night.