Shaun White wins USA's 100th all-time Winter Olympic gold medal

United States men's snowboarder Shaun White is by far the sport's biggest star

Shaun White has reclaimed his Olympic halfpipe title and won the United States' 100th all-time gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Snowboarders Chloe Kim and Red Gerard, both 17-years-old, have won gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

White scored a remarkable 98.50 out of 100 to lead after qualifying, and maintained his momentum with a top score of 94.25 in the opening round of Wednesday's final.

Shaun White's reaction to winning the gold medal tells you everything you need to know about how badly he wanted it.

White is the first American male to win gold at three separate Winter Olympics.

White fell on his second run.

But as the last man down he responded in emphatic fashion with a run he had never unveiled before to become the most successful Olympic snowboarder of all time. He busted his face in New Zealand a year ago while attempting one of those 1440s, leaving an injury that required 62 stitches.

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Women's soccer player Kelly O'Hara, a World Cup and Olympic victor was clearly moved by White's celebratory tears. "I'm proud of the other riders for pushing me this whole time".

In another milestone, White's win was the 100th gold won by USA athletes in the Winter Games.

White needed a big performance to overhaul Japan's Ayumu Hirano and duly delivered with a spectacular display to earn a score of 97.75.

"He ripped his face in half, more or less, and you can still see the scars", the Associated Press quoted White's coach, JJ Thomas, as saying.

That forced White to up the ante. "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.

The snowboarder has previously admitted to sending lewd text messages to Lena Zawaideh, and the parties later reached an undisclosed settlement.

Over the last four years, White has found himself pushed by competitors like Hirano and James.

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