Shaun White Qualifies for Halfpipe Final in 2018 Winter Olympics

Tricia Pearson
February 14, 2018

White practices ahead of the Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Shaun White hasn't won the gold medal for the snowboarding halftime competition at the Winter Olympics yet this year.

30 men will ride in the qualification round, but only 12 will advance to the finals, which will be held on Tuesday and will consist of three runs. But Australian Scotty James will give white a run for his money and will nearly certainly earn a spot on the podium Tuesday. He first broke the record in Torino in 2006 with his 46.8 performance, then set his own record in Vancouver in 2010 with 48.4.

However, there is a new event added for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games that we definitely won't want to miss.

White, James and Hirano offer contrasting styles, and if they're all at their best - which recent form suggests - it leaves the judges with a subjective decision.

Jarred Silvia, 18, was also born with TOF and says Shaun White is his role model.

Emily Sweeney crashes on final run, says she "is fine"
She suffered no broken bones but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Yeah, it's a bummer, for sure, and I know I'm better than that, but here we are.

James briefly led during the second run, before White produced his best score of the day. I remember my first ski trip was in the fifth grade as a field trip for my school.

"I assumed Shaun would answer back like that", he said.

White also talked about his condition with Jimmy Kimmel - whose son shares a similar condition - last May. "I did a little bit of meditation at the top, put some good tunes in and got myself hyped up again".

"I'm like "OK, if we're going there, we're going there".

Too late, folks, he has already been to the restaurant and had one for himself. "That took the pressure and the edge off and then I started seeing everyone putting in these great runs in".

· Alpine Skiing - Multi-medal threat Mikaela Shiffrin, who in 2014 became the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion, begins her title defense as the heavy favorite (run 1 of 2). "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". "I was super happy to just land a clean one".

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