On Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang (Tuesday night in the U.S.), Shaun White finally reclaimed his Olympic halfpipe title.
And with the win, he made quite a bit of history. A few of the highlights:
- 100th gold medal all-time for the United States at the Winter Olympics
- First snowboarder to win three gold medals
- First American man to win the same individual event at three different Winter Olympics
- First American athlete to win gold medals in Winter Olympics that were 12 years apart
- Third-all time in Winter Olympic gold medals among American athletes (speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden each have 5)
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The journey started 12 years ago when White made his debut at the 2006 Torino Olympics as a 19 year old with long, red hair. It continued four years later in Vancouver, where he won a second gold medal, and four years after that in Sochi, where he had a disappointing fourth-place finish.
Now White is atop the podium as the Olympic halfpipe champion once again.
Here's a look back at the three runs — spanning a total of 12 years — that earned White his three gold medals.