A two-time gold victor on the snowboarding halfpipe, White is hoping that the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang can serve as a bit of a redemption tour after failing to medal in Sochi's 2014 Games. "They motivated me to send it on that last one". He aced his qualification runs at Phoenix Snow Park, posting a top score of 98.50 to lead qualifying for Wednesday's morning final (which can be seen Tuesday night in the U.S.). He has won 2 gold medals and broken many records as an Olympic snowboarder.
Australian flag bearer Scotty James has advanced to the men's snowboard halfpipe finals to set up an epic Winter Olympic showdown against American great Shaun White.
"When I have injuries where I hurt my face or bruise my liver", White said, "it's a reminder that it's a sport, you take crashes".
"I watched these young guys put in these wonderful, and it fired me up", White said. I remember my first ski trip was in the fifth grade as a field trip for my school.
As described by The Australian Associated Press, James delivered a near flawless performance on Tuesday, notching up 89 points in the first run before tightening the screws in the second.
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That's a ridiculous run, and White was understandably pumped. "That was big for me, it's really a good luck spot".
"I was working on something [in my final run] but I'm a big believer in fate and it wasn't meant to be today", he said. "We were like, oh here we go, people are going to be hounding us, dude". "I was super happy to just land a clean one".
James, Ferguson, Japan's Ayumu Hirano and Raibu Katayama, Jan Scherrer, Chase Joey, Jake Pates, Patrick Burgener, Yuto Totsuka, Peetu Piiroinen and Kent Callister also qualified for the halfpipe final. Don't miss a moment of the Olympic Winter Games on Eurosport. "They just pushed me to become the best version of me possible". "I kind of know what those two (White and Hirano) are going to be doing, and I like to think I've got something different to give when the time comes".