Shaun White wins US its 100th Winter Olympics gold with epic halfpipe performance
Posted by Nicole Darrah on 13th February 2018

This post was originally published on FOX SPORTS

FavoriteLoadingAdd to Favorites

Snowboarding legend Shaun White made Olympic history Wednesday when he won the U.S. its 100th gold medal in the history of the Winter Games.

The big win for the U.S. came during the men’s halfpipe final Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, adding a gold medal to the previous 13 that Team’s USA snowboarding team has won in past Olympic Games.

White’s win makes him the first American to win gold in three different Winter Games. The snowboarding star, nicknamed “The Flying Tomato,” previously won the gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010.

He ranks third among Americans in individual winter gold medals, trailing only speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, who have five each.

Shaun White, of the United States, jumps during the men's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

 (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

His gold-winning run on Wednesday was near perfect, with a score of 97.75. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took silver with a score of 95.25, and Australia’s Scotty James earned the bronze.

The U.S. is only the second country to win 100 winter gold medals. It trails Norway, which started Wednesday with 121, and Germany is third with 92.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.