Shaun White is in great shape for another Olympic medal after just one run in today’s Winter Olympics men’s snowboard halfpipe event.
Shaun White is no stranger to the Olympics. At 31, the “Flying Tomato” is competing in his fourth Olympic games after making his Olympic debut in Turin in 2006.
This year represents a shot at redemption for White, one of the United States’ most famous Winter Olympians. After capturing gold in Turin and Vancouver in 2010, he finished in fourth in the men’s snowboard halfpipe in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
During training for this year’s games, White had a frightening crash in New Zealand. Despite that setback, he qualified for this year’s competition.
Now, after just one run, White is in line for another gold medal.
In his first attempt, White was unbelievable, scoring a 94.25 out of 100. That puts him 2.25 clear of Australian snowboarder Scotty James. The best single run counts, so White may be tough to beat.
The men’s snowboard halfpipe event is currently being broadcast on NBC. We are just moments away from White’s second run.
Here’s video of the first run, which has him in first. You’re going to want to watch this a few times.
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American Chase Josey currently sits in third place with 87.75 points. The United States has a very strong chance to add a few medals to its overall count with this event.