Snowboarding on the Olympics turned 20 this yr, and there is a good probability that in one other 20 years, individuals will nonetheless be speaking concerning the contest that went down within the mountains of South Korea on Wednesday.
They may undoubtedly nonetheless be speaking about Shaun White.
It wasn’t a lot that White gained his third gold medal to put his identify among the many biggest to compete within the Olympics, or in any realm of sports activities, for that matter.
It was the best way he did it.
His profitable run capped a contest that, even earlier than he dropped in for the finale, was the perfect, when it comes to pure problem, showmanship and guts that has ever been seen on a halfpipe.
It got here with the guts-thumping strain of figuring out he needed to land probably the most troublesome run he ever tried, or accept silver.
It included again-to-again jumps, every with 1440 levels of spin, which might be, fairly actually, demise-defying. They have been tips White stated afterward that he had by no means landed in succession — not in follow and, in fact, by no means in a contest.