Winter Games 2018: Shaun White, Mikaela Shiffrin look for gold

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After landing back-to-back 1440s to overtake White by scoring 95.25 in his second run, 19-year-old Hirano thought the gold was his.

White won the gold medal on his final run with a score of 97.75. Australia's Scotty James (92.00) was second, followed by American Chase Josey (87.75).

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

That created a pressure situation for White on his third attempt.

The U.S. has now won four gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and all four have come in snowboarding.

"Honestly it's one of the most challenging runs I've ever done. Sorry about that. I'm really proud to represent Team USA". "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 Id won, it crippled me", he said.

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White's gold came just months after he overcame two heavy crashes in training. He busted his face in New Zealand a year ago while attempting one of those 1440s, leaving an injury that required 62 stitches.

White's historic achievement was lauded by fellow Olympic legends, including swimmer Michael Phelps, sprinter Michael Johnson and gymnast Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to be awarded a ideal score of 10.0 at the Olympics.

The youngest American athlete to win a gold medal in a Winter Olympics was figure skater Tara Lipinski, who was 15 years (and 255 days) old when she won in 1988 in Nagano.

Shaun White made it look easy in PyeongChang and his 3rd Olympic gold medal marked a historic milestone for Team USA at the Winter Olympics.

Asked whether the accusations would tarnish his legacy, White said: "You know honestly I'm here to talk about the Olympics not gossip. but I don't think so".

White said it had been an agonising wait for his score from the judges to come through, as he pipped Hirano to the title to make USA history.

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