Shaun White wins third halfpipe gold medal after stunning final run

Gold-medallist White dismisses sex claims as 'gossip'

Ben Ferguson (USA), who won a gold and silver medal at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter YOG, finished fourth, with 90.75 on his final run. The win gave the 31-year-old his third career gold medal at the Winter Games. "I'm just truly sorry", he told anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.

"Oddly enough, I was a little nervous", White said. "I knew I had to put it down and it's so hard to describe".

Many struggled with the timing of their tricks on Wednesday, Japan's Yuto Totsuka feeling it most brutally after crashing heavily on the halfpipe coping and being taken from the course in a sled.

White remained at the top of the leaderboard until Hirano took his second run.

James had his best score in the first run, scoring a 92.00.

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, 23 of them gold, was quick off the blocks to express his delight on Twitter.

But James' score was quickly eclipsed by White, who was the next rider to drop.

The Flying Tomato began his run flying down the left side of the halfpipe. When she took her "victory lap" run, she chose to got for it-nailing back-to-back 1080s, earning a score of 98.25. White then went for a double McTwist 1260, which includes a 1260 with two flips and three half-twists before landing.

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White later apologized for the incident, but told reporters afterwards he did not know he had let the flag touch the ground. They were always there to support me and reassure me that what we're doing is on the right track and they believed in me.

White was given a 97.75.

White and Zawaideh settled in 2017, but the matter was brought up on Wednesday during the gold medal winner's interview with the media at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

White came into the final with some momentum-he qualified for the Olympics with a ideal 100 score at the U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass, Co.in January and sent a message to the rest of the field in PyeongChang with a near-perfect qualifying run (98.5). He won again at the 2010 Winter Games at 22.

Should White throw his hat into the skateboarding ring, it would be a dream for 2020 organizers and the International Olympic Committee, who are trying to garner the attention of youths through the addition of urban sports.

He has been to the Olympics four times and has won gold medals twice during those worldwide competitions.

"Ayumu, I've watched him since he was 13-years-old", White said earlier in the week. My family have been so supportive of me from the get-go. I didn't even link the combination, the 14 to 14 [back-to-back 1440s] until I got here this morning.

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