Shaun White wins gold in men's halfpipe with epic final run

Shaun White of the U.S. warms up ahead of the men's final in the snowboard halfpipe at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea

That forced White to up the ante. "I was trying to fight back the tears but I couldn't do it".

White lost his passion for the sport after the disappointment of Sochi and took time out to pursue his business interests and play in his band. With his big win, figures in Hollywood and fellow athletes took to Twitter congratulate him.

Hawk, widely regarded as the greatest skateboarder in history and a pioneer for numerous tricks in the sport, first met White when he was nine years old.

Snowboarder Shaun White has cemented his place as one of the sport's greatest of all time - but some old accusations have joined the moment. But Shaun loves to go last and put up epic finishes and he brought it in spades.

Both White and Hirano laid down back-to-back double cork 1440s, whilst James, who was Australia's flag bearer at Pyeongchang's opening ceremony, has been focusing on his switch backside double cork 1260.

He landed the frontside double cork 1440 on his first hit, then successfully put down the cab double cork 1440 to complete the combo.

White, a comparative veteran and snowboardings biggest star, was in ominous form in qualifying on Tuesday as he topped the standings with 98.50.

Fuller has previously posted on social media about hanging out with White and still believes the 31-year-old's achievements should still be applauded.

Team USA swept snowboarding events at the Winter Games, with Chloe Kim winning the women's halfpipe, Jamie Anderson winning the women's slopestyle, Red Gerard winning the men's slopestyle and White winning the men's halfpipe.

In the business of love
Bermuda florists are braced for a Valentines Day last-minute rush, and some have prepared in advance for late orders. Roddy Bird, who has been in the floral business 41 years, said his sales this year "have been wonderful".

"I was so upset with my performance in Sochi and I had to wait so long for this Olympics".

"I've left a lot in the tank for tomorrow and I'm feeling really good in the pipe", he told Channel Seven.

Over the last four years, White has found himself pushed by competitors like Hirano and James. He has said that there were times when he questioned whether it was worth it to continue.

Last week Australia's James, the two-time world champion in the halfpipe, called into question the flawless score of 100 that White received at the Snowmass event in January.

"Oh man, that was terrible and wonderful at the same time", he said.

"Shaun White starts at the top and they deduct his points so unless he does anything in particular wrong, he's staying at the top - he's got Shaun White Points".

Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Event Director Nick Alexakos shut them down.

The last man to go, and with Hirano's second-round score still the one to beat, the man they call the "Flying Tomato" delivered an nearly flawless run at the end of which there was only one possible result.

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