Shaun White wins gold medal in halfpipe, U.S.’ 100th all-time gold

Name: Shaun White
Sport: Snowboarding
Category: Men’s Halfpipe
Age: 31
Hometown: San Diego
Instagram: @shaunwhite Twitter: @shaunwhite

White — universally known as “The Flying Tomato” for the flowing mane of red hair he sported for most of his career — became the first man to win three snowboarding gold medals when he won the halfpipe on Feb. 14 (Feb. 13 ET).
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The victory wasn’t a milestone for White alone — it was also the 100th gold medal for the United States in Winter Olympics history.
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. But he fell short in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, a failure he called “the worst thing I could have imagined.”
This time, he came in to the games in peak form, having been awarded a perfect score of 100 at the U.S. Grand Prix in January. He came close to repeating the feat on the biggest stage of them all — scoring 97.75 on his third run to clinch the gold over Ayumu Hirano of Japan.

Name: Chloe Kim
Sport: Snowboarding
Category: Women’s Halfpipe Snowboard
Age: 17
Hometown: Los Angeles
Instagram: @chloekimsnow Twitter: @chloekimsnow
Kim, 17, who was too young to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, made up for lost time, winning the gold medal on the strength of two stunning runs in the women’s halfpipe snowboard on Feb. 13 (Feb. 12 ET). She posted a stunning score of 93.75 on her first ruin — and then topped it with a nearly perfect 98.25 on her third run.
Related: How Chloe Kim became one of the world’s best snowboarders
Kim landed two rare 1080s — three full rotations — in adding the gold medal to her multiple X Games gold medals, her multiple World Snowboard Tour titles and her dual golds in halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics.
For Kim, where she did it was extra special — her parents are South Korean immigrants.
“Being able to do it here, in their home country, is amazing,” she said.
Kim drew attention of a different sort on Feb. 11, when she tweeted that she had calmed her nerves by eating two churros, which she described as “pretty bomb.” How calm was she? Between her runs in the medal round, she took time out to disclose that she wished she’d finished her breakfast sandwich.

Name: Jamie Anderson
Sport: Snowboarding
Category: Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Age: 27
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, California
Instagram: @jamieanderson Twitter: @JamieaSnow

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Anderson led the United States to its second gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics after she cruised to a score of 83.00 in her first run in the women’s snowboard slopestyle on Sunday, repeating a feat that earned her gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Despite the competition’s two-run format, as well as strong winds that resulted in a 75-minute delay, Anderson managed to land a backside 540 on her first jump, as well as a frontside 720 on her last jump. Anderson was able to beat out Canadian silver medalist Laurie Blouin by nearly six points.
“I’m feeling so happy,” Anderson said afterward. “I’ve gone through so much this last year just preparing for the Games, and defending the gold is definitely not an easy position to be in.”

Name: Red Gerard
Sport: Snowboarding
Category: Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Age: 17
Hometown: Silverthorne, Colorado
Instagram: @redgerard Twitter: @RedmondGerard
In an upset, Gerard netted the United States its first 2018 Winter Olympics gold medal on Feb. 11 (Feb. 10 ET) when he beat out 11 other competitors in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle competition.
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Gerard, 17, who was the only U.S. competitor to reach the final, managed to claw his way from last place heading into his third and final run on the slope. He earned a score of 87.16 from the judges, just enough to beat out silver medalist Max Parrot of Canada.
Gerard didn’t even have the Olympics in mind a year ago.
“I’ve never really found myself thinking about” the Olympics, Gerard said when asked about the games last year. “I feel like there’s just always so much stuff going around that I want to pay attention to. And [the Olympics] are just far ahead, so whatever.”