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After falling brief on the 2014 Sochi Video games, Shaun White returned to the 2018 Winter Olympics with all eyes on a gold medal in his signature halfpipe occasion. Right now he did simply that, making historical past as snowboarding’s first-three time Olympic gold medalist. Moreover, the 31-year-old turns into the primary athlete to win Olympic gold 12 years aside.
This additionally marks Workforce USA’s 100th gold medal total on the Winter Video games.
After a pair of flawless runs, White entered his third and last run in second place behind Workforce Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. The “Flying Tomato,” as he is lovingly known as, carried out completely underneath strain. As his near-perfect rating of 97.75 was introduced, Shaun threw his snowboard into the air, dropped to his knees and broke down in tears of pleasure.
Except for his athletic achievements, White has not too long ago obtained detrimental consideration for a 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit filed towards him by the previous drummer of his rock band, Dangerous Issues. Within the newly resurfaced courtroom paperwork, Lena Zawaideh claimed White made vulgar remarks to her and compelled her to observe “sexually disturbing movies.” White known as the lawsuit “bogus,” and in 2017 a personal settlement was reached.
Simply yesterday, White’s teammate, 17-year-old Chloe Kim, made historical past because the youngest lady to medal in snowboarding. The U.S. has now topped the rostrum in all 4 snowboarding occasions at PyeongChang, with Purple Gerard profitable males’s slopestyle and Jamie Anderson taking the gold in girls’s slopestyle.
Congratulations, Workforce USA!
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