Shaun White wanted a third gold medal, especially after failing to get on the podium at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Four years ago, his board clipped the edge of the deck, leaving him in fourth place. He had won gold medals in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

Of the experience, he told NBC Olympics:

“Somebody once asked me, ‘When did you get over Sochi?’ You don’t.”

The 31-year-old said he’s been using Sochi as motivation coming into the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and he had plans to take back the top spot.

During the first two qualifying runs on Tuesday night, the 31-year-old let loose on the halfpipe, earning the top score of 98.50 and putting him last on the list for the final three runs on Wednesday, exactly where he wanted to be:

“I feel night and day physically and mentally from Sochi. Moving into finals, I get my favorite spot dropping last and that is really good for me.”

During the three final runs, White went nuts on the halfpipe, scoring a 94.25 on his first run and falling on his second. Going into the third and final run, White was in second behind Japan’s Ayumu Hirano.

The run was an absolute battle, but after a fall from Hirano, White received a 97.75, earning him his third Olympic gold medal.

He had tears in his eyes. His dad said this was the first time he ever saw White cry.

This is White’s third career gold medal, and Team USA’s 100th gold medal of all time.

Way to go, Shaun White!

Leave a comment

In response to:

Shaun White Was on a Mission to Take It All After a Disastrous Sochi Olympics. Mission Accomplished.

Your email address will not be published.