Shaun White's Qualifying Run At The Olympics Was Insane

Shaun White's Qualifying Run At The Olympics Was Insane

American Mikaela Shiffrin is heavily favored in that. And it could be a historic debut.

But all that was cast aside on Tuesday night as the two best riders in the world battled it out in the qualifiers. The first run will be during NBC's 8 p.m. Pyeongchang is 14 hours ahead of Philadelphia.

He may not have Olympic gold like White, who at 31 is eight years his elder, but time and potential that is now starting to be realised are on his side.

He said that he was "super happy" with his second Olympic appearance at PyeongChang which had gone off "like a frog in a sock, two wombats in a hessian bag, it was all happening". The men's combined downhill run is still scheduled to run on Monday.

Americans Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark are favourites in the women's event, which begins on Sunday. Not even Italian superstar Alberto Tomba, who won gold in 1988 and silver in 1992 and 1994. Let Shaun White and other Olympic snowboarders explain. White gets the most amplitude (or height above the lip); James has the most technical trick with a switch backside 1260; and Hirano last month became the first man to land back-to-back 1440s (four revolutions). "That took the pressure and the edge off and then I started seeing everyone putting in these great runs in". Now, 12 years later, his hair is more like a soothing pond but his skills are still sharp. That moment, which vaulted White into the Winter Olympics, has followed him - and the sport - to Pyeongchang, where several other snowboarders have taken issue with the sport's judging, saying that White is shown favouritism, and that nobody's run should be deemed ideal.

White, James and Hirano offer contrasting styles, and if they're all at their best - which recent form suggests - it leaves the judges with a subjective decision.

"I get my favorite slot, dropping last", White said. "'Are you sure? The tip of my tongue is kind of numb'".

For James it would be an awkward time. In Roker's defense, standing next to Gionta for the segment was teammate Bobby Butler.

He'll compete in the final on Wednesday (which is on Tuesday primetime in the US). Both have advanced to the semifinals, so the only thing at stake will be national pride. Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold. From the opening to the closing ceremonies, the Olympics are something to look forward to for people of all ages.

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