American Shaun White wins gold on final run

Posted at 9:05 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 04:30:46-05

American snowboarder Shaun White scored a 97.75 on his third and final run on Tuesday on the halfpipe to win his third Olympic Gold after failing to medal in the 2014 Games. 

White had a tough number to beat in his final run, forcing him not only to have a clean run, but to take some risky jumps. He more than fulfilled the task of performing one of the most impressive halfpipe performances in the history of the Winter Games. 

As soon as he finished his fun, he lifted both of his hands in the air, realizing he gave the run he needed to earn Olympic Gold.

White needed a 5.25 to defeat Japan's Ayumu Hirano. White's previous best score was a 94.25, which he scored on his first run. 

Hirano claimed the silver medal for his performance. Scotty James of Australia scored a bronze medal, making just the 19th medal in the nation's Winter Games history. 

The medal marked the United States' 100th gold medal in the history of the Winter Games. 

Americans have claimed Gold in all four of the snowboard events so far.