PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – American Shaun White cemented his legacy as probably the most profitable snowboarder of all time as he delivered a shocking routine beneath huge strain on the ultimate run of a gripping halfpipe ultimate on Wednesday to win his third Winter Olympic gold and a landmark 100th for his nation.
White wanted an enormous efficiency to overhaul Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and duly delivered with a spectacular show to earn a rating of 97.75. His victory means the United States have gained all 4 snowboarding golds awarded on the Games.
White, 31, triumphed in 2006 and 2010 and after a protracted look ahead to his rating on Wednesday he roared with emotion, punching the air as his celebrity standing – briefly undermined when he failed in Sochi 4 years in the past – was set in stone.
“Man, that was awful and amazing at the same time,” White stated of the lengthy look ahead to his rating. “I knew I did a great ride and I was proud of that and I could walk away with my head high, but when they announced my score and I’d won, it crippled me.”
Nineteen-year-old Hirano, who edged into first place after his second run after which posted 95.25 on his third, couldn’t cover his disappointment as he trudged away from the end space having matched his silver from Sochi 2014.
Australian Scotty James, the 23-year-old world champion, took bronze.
It was an emotional day for White, who because the “old man of the sport” was being questioned, with some observers feeling his marks benefited from his fame.
Nobody can query the American’s dedication, nevertheless, as he fought again from a crash in October that left him with 62 stitches in his face.
“I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I’ve been through so much to get here. I had this crazy injury in New Zealand where I busted my face open,” he stated.
”I really did the identical trick that injured me right here within the halfpipe at the moment. So there have been lots of obstacles to overcome and now it’s all price it.
“Honestly it’s one of the most challenging runs I’ve ever done. I didn’t even link the combination, the 14 to 14 (back-to-back 1440s) until I got here, today, this morning. So, honestly, I‘m just so happy with my performance. I‘m proud of the other riders for pushing me this whole time.”
James, who fell on his ultimate routine, stated: ”It may have gone both manner between first and second. If you look again at some particulars, I imply it might be fascinating to see.
“He (White) just comes out and he knows these moments and he just delivers. I know he’s been working hard, so credit to him for being able to put it together today.”
Additional reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by Peter Rutherford and Sudipto Ganguly