Snowboarding legend Shaun White attained Olympic history Wednesday when he won the U.S. its 100 th gold medal in the history of the Winter Games.
The big win for the U.S. came during the men’s halfpipe final Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, adding a gold medal to the previous 13 that Team USA’s snowboarding squad has won in past Olympic Games.
The “Flying Tomato” was visibly emotional after his winning operate, with a mix of celebratory cheers and tears — even hurling his committee in the air — when he saw his score of 97.75 posted.
White’s win attains him the first American male to win gold in three different Wintertime Game. The snowboarding superstar, 31, previously won the gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010.
Female speedskater Bonnie Blair won gold in the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Games.
His gold-winning run on Wednesday was near perfect. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took silver with a score of 95.25, and Australia’s Scotty James earned the bronze.
White started off strong with a score of 94.25 in his first running of the halfpipe event, but uncharacteristically fell during his second run.
The U.S. is only the second country to win 100 winter gold medals. Norway as of Wednesday has 121, and Germany trails behind with 92.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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