Twelve years after winning his first Olympic snowboarding gold medal as a 19-year-old rising star, Shaun White, now a 31-year-old grizzled veteran, won another on Tuesday night.
Following his medals in 2006 in Torino and 2010 in Vancouver, it was the third for the Flying Tomato and the most dramatically won.
Standing atop the podium in South Korea required White to pull off a near-perfect final run after 19-year-old Ayumu Hirano soared to the lead with his own spectacular set of tricks.
White delivered, stringing together a nearly flawless run of that included back-to-back 1440s—something he’d never even completed in practice.
“You could come up on any other day, when all these people aren’t here, and ask me to do that, and I’d be terrified,” White later said of the demanding set of tricks that won him the…
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