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James gets support from White in snowboarding scoring saga

14 February, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Joan Malone
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Australian flagbearer Scotty James has easily advanced to the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, as Shaun White staked a claim for a third gold medal.

White's winning final run was just short of his superb qualifying score of 98.50.

Looking to bring the United States another snowboarding gold medal after the early triumphs of Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim, Americans Shaun White, Jake Pates, Chase Josey and Ben Ferguson will take on the men's halfpipe. Ayumu Hirano of Japan, 19, who many consider the most unsafe opponent for White, had a best score of 95.25.

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White shocked and thrilled a South Korean restaurateur this week when he showed up at the man's restaurant and ordered the special million-won burger the chef had designed just for him.

On the fifth day of competition in PyeongChang, White won his historic third Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe (2006, 2010, 2018). I actually did the same trick that injured me here in the halfpipe today, so there were a lot of obstacles to overcome.

White called his winning run in the tricky conditions in South Korea "one of the most challenging Ive ever done" because of the combinations he pulled off.

The American will be 35 by the time the next Winter Olympics is held in Beijing in 2022 but his focus is on a closer goal.

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James, White and Hirano traded electric runs during qualifying on Tuesday, "sending it" in snowboarding terms and sending a bit of a message in the process.

"I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I've been through so much to get here", White said.

His gold medal run included back-to-back 1440s, his trademark Skyhook and the trick that earned him gold in Vancouver, the McTwist 1260, and ended with a front-side 1200.

When pressed to address the subject further, as the moderator tried to move the discussion to other topics, White said: "I feel like I addressed it".

"Oh man, that was bad and unbelievable at the same time", said White. "That really helped me", White added.

Off the slopes, White's build-up to the Games was hampered by a facial injury which required 62 stitches - some of which remain in his tongue - and a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment. He also now holds the US record for the most years between gold medals (12), topping Ted Ligety's previous record of eight. But I'm definitely proud - very proud - to be a part of Team USA and being an American and to be representing for everyone back home.

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