Though no longer sporting his signature flowing, red locks, White is back on board after a disappointing 4th place finish in the 2014 Sochi Games. "I figured I would send it on that last one".
30 men will ride in the qualification round, but only 12 will advance to the finals, which will be held on Tuesday and will consist of three runs. In the three previous Winter Olympics, he won two gold medals in the halfpipe - the only event he runs.
On Tuesday night (in the United States), snowboarder Shaun White will go for his third career gold medal in the men's halfpipe.
In one disturbing incident, Zawaideh says White forced her to watch a video where a couple shot a bear and then had sexual intercourse on top of its body. "That took the pressure and the edge off and then I started seeing everyone putting in these great runs in".
"Oddly enough, I was a little nervous", White said.
The 31-year-old reacted, as expected, to the score.
White's opening run, a savvy mix of veteran skill and calm that earned a 93.25, showed his riding is as potent as ever. White dropped next and followed Scotty up with back-to-back twelves of his own, taking the top spot back with a score of 98.50.
"I assumed Shaun would answer back like that and that's competition". "I watched his run - it was a good run - it had good amplitude and was pretty flawless", said James.
Japan's Ayumu Hirano was second with 95.25 points. "I think that was a little bit of that shining through today". "You'll see the gnarlier tricks come out and probably people will be going higher as well". Fellow Americans Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey, and Jake Pates also successfully qualified for the halfpipe final.
In Pyeongchang, one South Korean chef gave an expensive burger the very same nickname in a display of support for the American athlete's quest for another Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe. But getting the mindset better is really hard. "I gotta just let it happen and I did".