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14 Febrero 2018, 08:11 | Gerardo Tarin
Shaun White looks on during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang South Korea
White won gold on Wednesday in a thrilling halfpipe final, scoring 97.75 to relegate Hirano into silver after the Japanese rider had put up 95.25 with his second run.
Second last down the 'pipe, James had his chance to move further up the podium but dragged his arm in his second run and fell on his final effort. The 31-year-old elder statesmen didn't plan on trying to go even bigger on his second run, but after watching James, Hirano and American teammate Ben Ferguson go big he realized he didn't have much choice.
Snowboarder Shaun White won his third Olympics gold medal Tuesday in the halfpipe competition, which means he is booked for a ton of interviews this morning.
His win makes him the first American male to win gold in three different Winter Games.
"I knew I had it in me, I watched these young guys putting these incredible runs in and it fired me up".
"I'm fighting back the tears right now, because my family's over there".
"So, honestly, I'm just so happy with my performance". He told reporters at the time that he felt like he was "burning out".
"According to the 2016 complaint, posted online by NBC, lawyers for Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in White's Bad Things rock band, claimed he "repeatedly sexually harassed her" by sending "sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh" and "[forcing] her to watch sexually disturbing videos". "I just have to live with the result". "It is a really good luck spot so I am really lucky to have it". Hirano said the visibility was not great out on the pipe, making the landing hard after all the twisting and turning he does. I knew I had it, but I had to still do it. "I wanted to do better the third time out, but I decelerated and that was that. I was working my way through the run, trick after trick, and it's going well.better and better and I'm riding away and I can't tell you how awesome it felt".
"You might have died if (the location of the fall) had shifted by 1 centimeter", one doctor told him.
Japan's Raibu Katayama came in 7th.
In a change from previous Games, the snowboard halfpipe final included three runs instead of the usual two, giving the 12 competitors an extra chance to reproduce the very high quality seen in qualifying on 13 February.
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