(Photo: USA Today)
Well he’s done it again... Shaun White breaking records everywhere he goes. After last nights performance at the Men’s Halfpipe in Pyeongchang, Shaun struck gold for the third time at the Winter Olympics.
This not only makes him the first snowboarder to get 3 gold medals in Men’s Halfpipe, but his gold medal is the 100th gold medal won by America in all of the Winter Olympics combined.
Talk about cementing yourself in the history books!
Now, I think it’s safe to say that most people saw it coming, but I was taken back by the competition. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano was truly remarkable with his performance last night.
The skill, technique and sheer height that this 5’ 3” Olympian was able to accomplish put some major pressure on Shaun, giving him a run for his money that we haven’t seen in a while. At the ripe old age of 19, I think we can see many great things to come for years from Hirano.
Hirano’s final score of 95.25 was just beat out by Shaun’s 97.75.
But that tends to be part of Shaun’s style, always pulling through in the clinch. I’m sure there are a handful of snowboarders that are able to do what he does, but the ability to perform under the pressures of being on a world stage is what propels him to legendary status.