Highlights from Shaun White's thrilling run to win gold at the Winter Olympics

Shaun White -- Olympic champion. It's true again, for the third time, after White put down the run of his life on Tuesday night in NBC's primetime coverage on his final trip down the halfpipe to win gold. The 31-year-old American snowboarding legend finished with a winning score of 97.75 to jump to the top of the leaderboard. Fittingly, White's dramatic gold marked the 100th gold medal for the United States in its Winter Olympics history. 

Heading into his third and final run, White sat behind Japan's Ayumu Hirano, who overtook White in the second round with an impressive run that earned him a 95.25. Knowing he needed an aggressive, strong run to surpass that number, White brought his best.

In his final run, White linked back-to-back 1440s -- a feat that he had never achieved in a live run. It was a replica of Hirano's previous run, but White was able to sustain more air throughout, which allowed him to take home the gold medal.

It's White's third gold medal, and third in four Games. It's also a redemption tour for him, after he failed to medal at Sochi -- a failure in his mind. Although he won this one in an incredibly tight race, White was able to squeak out on top and take halfpipe gold for Team USA.

Here's our live blog with a recap of all the drama. 

Medal Tracker

Medal Tracker
PyeongChang 2018
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
TOTAL
NOR 11 10 8 29
GER 11 7 5 23
CAN 8 5 6 19
NED 6 5 3 14
FRA 5 4 4 13
USA 5 3 4 12
SWE 4 3 0 7
AUT 4 2 4 10
KOR 4 2 2 8
JPN 2 5 3 10
SUI 2 4 1 7
ITA 2 2 4 8
CZE 1 2 3 6
SVK 1 2 0 3
BLR 1 1 0 2
GBR 1 0 3 4
POL 1 0 1 2
UKR 1 0 0 1
CHN 0 5 2 7
OAR 0 3 8 11
AUS 0 2 1 3
SLO 0 1 0 1
FIN 0 0 3 3
ESP 0 0 2 2
KAZ 0 0 1 1
LIE 0 0 1 1
LAT 0 0 1 1


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