Shaun White Cries as He Makes History
White is seeing gold — again! Snowboarder Shaun White made history as he won in the men’s halfpipe competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The athlete, 31, landed a 97.75 score in his final run, making him the first person to win three gold medals in the sport. The huge win also marks the 100th medal won by the United States in the Winter Games.
Shaun, unsurprisingly, was overcome with joy and emotion following his performance. He broke down in tears as he waved to the screaming crowd and hugged his family.
“Honestly I just felt it inside [that] I had it. I knew I had to put it down. It’s so hard to describe,” he told NBC. “It’s the feeling that I knew I had it but I had to still do it. And I’m working my way through the run, trick after trick, and it’s going well, better and better. And I’m riding away and I can’t tell you how amazing it felt. I’m so proud of even my first run out here.”