Snowboarding: White delivers again to win third halfpipe gold

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After landing back-to-back 1440s to overtake White by scoring 95.25 in his second run, 19-year-old Hirano thought the gold was his.

Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Scotty James of Australia competes.

"I looked down the mountain and said to myself, "you know you've got this, it's what you've done your whole life, stay with the moment and you will win the Olympics". Phelps wrote, alluding to White's failure to win a medal at Sochi four years ago.

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That created a pressure situation for White on his third attempt.

White has been the face and dominant competitor in men's snowboarding for more than a decade, having also won gold in 2006 and 2010.

If you doubted for one second how much missing the podium in Sochi meant to White and how important redemption was to him, his tearful reaction was enough to prove you wrong.

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"I'm proud of myself". "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 I'd won, it crippled me". "It's fantastic. He's legendary".

The Americans had entered the Games with 96 gold medals.

The first ever gold medal awarded at the Winter Olympics was won by the United States in 1924 with long track speed-skater Charley Jewtraw's success in the 500 meters at Chamonix, France.

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During a brief change of focus in White's victorious press conference he was forced to confront previous allegations of sexual harassment by the former drummer of his band "Bad Things".

Asked about the harassment allegations on Wednesday, White told reporters that, "I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff".

"I knew I had it in me to do it", said White. Unfortunately for White, the flag ended up being the only part of his performance that went negatively.

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