Shaun White Bounces Back from Rocky Downfall

Samantha Acevedo, Junior

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Former X-games skateboarder and renowned professional snowboarder, Shaun White, delivered an execution of redemption for halfpipe snowboarding. He reclaimed his spot as gold medalist in the snowboarding category at the Pyeongchang, Korea, Winter Olympics of 2018.

After a rough and disciplinary course that challenged White’s career in Sochi 2014 at the Winter Olympics, the snowboarder spoke of how fans and peers assumed the worst. These claims awakened the idea that his career was completely and utterly obliterated. “It was like this crazy déjà vu,” Shaun stated, reminiscing over his tragic loss four years ago.

The medalist otherwise known as the “Flying Tomato” because of his red hair demanded his takeback in the category, performing a launch on the halfpipe five times. The 31 year old, tore up the halfpipe until he scored a magnificent 97.75, which beat 19 year old Japanese native Ayumu Hirano, who scored a 95.25 ride.

As the audience watched in astonishment as Shaun glided in the air effortlessly, viewers were kept on the edge of their sets with each trick.

The snowboarder threw his helmet off in a wave of emotion, as he had reached the goal he once longed for. Once his victory was announced, an emotional wave overcame White as tears of joy streamed down his face.

He cried as he embraced his coach J.J. Thomas, a bronze medalist of the 2002 men’s Olympics.

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