Shaun White claimed his third halfpipe snowboarding title at Pyeongchang 2018 today to secure the United States' 100th gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games. His score of 94.25 was tops after the first of the three finals runs, but Hirano recovered after sitting down during his first trip to put White on notice during the second.
White's almost flawless score is just the latest of his high-scoring qualification runs.
Hirano scored the silver medal, while Australian snowboarder Scotty James won bronze.
USA snowboarding icon Shaun White qualified for the halfpipe final at the 2018 Winter Olympics Tuesday, coming one step closer to redemption after his disappointing fourth-place finish four years ago in Sochi.
After winning Olympic gold in Torino and Vancouver, White finished a disappointing fourth in Sochi.
Brennan said: "Shaun White just called the very bad allegations against him "gossip" in a press conference where no woman journalist was called upon though several, including me, had their hand up the entire time".
The men's snowboard halfpipe event is now being broadcast on NBC.
White's third Olympic gold medal could well his hardest earned.
White is the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals, and he makes it a clean sweep of snowboarding gold for the US with several events still to come. White knew his run was good, maybe the best he could offer, but he didn't know if it was good enough for the gold he desperately wanted. "And, you know, I'm just truly sorry".
"I am excited about it, the motivation will be there, it is something new, less gear, new competitors", White said after the halfpipe final.
The San Diego native injured himself again in October, running into the lip of the halfpipe while training in New Zealand.
"I'm very proud to be part of team United States of America and be an American", he said. White is just 31 years old.
"I think I will carry on", White said.
"Ayumu, I've watched him since he was 13-years-old", White said earlier in the week.
'I would have loved to have skated into finals on my 93 (points) but everybody started putting it down, ' White said. "I need the build and the energy and it helps me get it done".
His fall in the second run allowed Japanese teenager Hirano to take the lead with an run that featured impressive back-to-back 1440's, but White would not be denied his chance to complete an Olympic hat trick.