For United States Olympian Shaun White, the 2018 Winter Olympics were anything from the usual. At the end of 2017, while training for the Olympics in New Zealand, White took a nasty fall that forced him into emergency surgery and having 62 stiches put into his face. Even after a horrific wreck, White was still able to qualify for the 2018 games that are taking place in South Korea.
Fast forward to the actual games, which are taking place a few months after the crash, White will compete for the first time. Not only an Olympic gold medalist, White holds the record for the most gold medals at the X Games with 15 total, 13 of those gold’s came in various events in snowboarding and the other two came in skateboarding. At this year’s Olympic Games, White will be competing in the halfpipe event. That specific event is the same event he has won gold in on two separate occasions. On February 13, White led a field of 29 in their qualifying session advancing him to the finals which took place one day later. After an impressive first run, the two time gold medalist had some work to do to reach his goal of becoming a three time gold medalist. On his third and final run, White had to score better than a 95.25 to win the gold. As it stood before his run, white was in line for a silver medal until he took to the half pipe one last time and converted two 1440’s to boost his score to 97.75, 2.25 points better than Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. With his gold medal run, Shaun White not only won his third gold medal, he won the 100th gold medal for the United States at the Winter Olympics.