Feb 14, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Shaun White (USA) celebrates winning gold in the mens snowboarding halfpipe final during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

White Wins Gold

I have to admit it. I got totally caught up in the drama of the Superpipe competition at 2018 Olympics. Shaun White was trailing the brilliant young Japanese rider Ayumu Hirano by one full point going into his last run. White’s dramatic final run included back to back 1440°s earning him a score of 97.7 and his third Olympic gold medal. Shaun White is a superstar. What Michael Jordon was to basketball, Shaun White is to snowboarding. He is now a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder, and has won 10 ESPY Awards! But these Olympics were different. In 2014 White finished 4th in Nagano, saying it was “It was the worst thing I could imagine.” After the winning score was announced, he lost it, jumping up and down, screaming and clapping. He embraced his competitors including Hirano, and bronze medalist Australia Scotty James. He then went to seek out his family, and when he found mother he lost it. Openly crying, not holding anything back with the cameras catching it all.  It was brilliant dramatic theater and I’m sure I am not the only one who got a little choked up watching it all unfold. I’ve always said male athletes should never cry when they lose, but let the tears flow when they win.

“When your weakness are your strengths, you cry.”

― John Fante

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