Shaun White makes fifth Olympic final as he delivers the clutch run

Shaun White makes fifth Olympic final as he delivers the clutch run

 On Day 5 of the historic Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, held at the idyllic Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China, the legendary Shaun White finally scored an 86.25 by landing both frontside and cab double cork 1080s, with a sky hook and a front double 1260 as he triumphantly performed his signature double McTwist 1260s in his second run on that fateful day in the snowboarding competition. He was determined to persevere despite his initial under rotation during his opening performance.  “I am just so happy I put that last run down,” said Shaun. “Feeling incredible. You gotta fight for it if you wanna get into finals, and I did, so I’m very happy.”

Later that day, when he was asked whether he will unleash his famed triple cork in the final, White honestly responded, “I’m going to throw everything I have into it and see what happens. You know, we don’t know yet, but I’ve been eyeing it,” he said. “I’ve  really been feeling this halfpipe. Man, this is a great venue. Wow, they did such an amazing job. Honestly, I am just so happy to be here and actually be in these finals, so, we’ll see. If there is a time to do it, then that will be the time to do it.”

The 35-year-old, a five-time Olympian, is now the oldest men’s rider  in snowboarding to compete in the Olympic event’s history. He won back-to-back golds at his first two Winter Games, held in Torino and Vancouver, before he claimed a third in 2018 by landing back-to-back double cork 1440s on his final run. After all, White was the man who, almost singlehandedly, made it cool to ride for big bucks, big trophies and Olympic medals in a sport that took decades to come to terms with that worldview.

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