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Shaun White Eying All-Time Third Olympic Gold Medal In South Korea

The “Flying Tomato” is going for the triple, and if he secures a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the Men’s Halfpipe Final, this will make three golds in his Olympic career. Shaun White had previously taken home the gold in the halfpipe at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010.

On Tuesday, the Huff Post reported that White had nailed an almost perfect score with a 98.50 heading into the final of the halfpipe snowboarding event.

If he wins the gold medal for Team USA, it would be the icing on the cake in an incredible comeback. White, 31, was seriously injured in a frightening fall at practice last October snowboarding in New Zealand. The Olympic great suffered a severe facial injury and needed 62 stitches after the tip of his board grazed the top of the superpipe, slamming his head against it.

It was a horrific experience as White split his lips open, received cuts to his forehead, broke a portion of his nose, etc. He didn’t even recognize his own face after the fall. He weighed the pros and cons of returning to the competition after he had healed, afraid such an injury could happen again.

Shaun White believes that part of the game is the mental factor. Going to the gym and working tirelessly at his sport is one thing, but having the space in one’s head to go out and try again is a major part of the sport he has known so well.

He loves snowboarding so much and learned to love it all over again.

The icy cold weather at Pyeongchang hasn’t bothered White too much; he prefers it over warmer, rainy temps. He says the icy surface is very fast and consistent.

Shaun White is thinking gold.