The Margin: 2018 Winter Olympics: Shaun White wins historic third gold medal, and redemption

Shaun White needed to be perfect to win a gold medal Wednesday. He was, and became the first snowboarder ever to win Olympic gold three times.

White missed the podium at the 2014 Sochi Games, finishing fourth, and suffered a horrific crash while training for these Olympics in October. But “The Flying Tomato” won redemption in dramatic fashion Wednesday at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a breathtaking final run in the men’s halfpipe that earned a score of 97.75 out of 100.

A terrific first run put White in the early lead, but a brilliant run in the second round by Japan’s Ayumu Hirano overtook him by a single point.

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