Wednesday, February 17, 2010

White delivers third U.S. gold of historic six-medal day

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Shaun White, in a class by himself.
  • Shaun White, in a class by himself.

He apparently doesn't want to be called "Flying Tomato" anymore. Some are now calling U.S. snowboarder Shaun White the "Red Zeppelin," but perhaps it's best just to call him the best in the world, by far, in Olympic halfpipe.

White, at 23 arguably the most famous single athlete (OK, there's an argument for hockey's Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin) at the 2010 Winter Olympics, laid down a technically superior halfpipe run to start the finals Wednesday night at Cypress Mountain. And when nobody could touch his 46.8-point score in the second run, White had the pleasure of a "victory run" at the end knowing he already had duplicated his gold medal from 2006.

But instead of coasting, White beat himself with a second run of 48.4 points (out of 50 possible).

It was the third gold of the day for the United States, tying the most ever in one day for American athletes at any Winter Olympics. But since the other three-gold day happened on Feb. 20, 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympics, this was the most golden day ever for the U.S. in a Winter Games outside American soil.

And when American Scott Lago of Seabrook, N.H., came away with the bronze, it became the best medal-winning day ever for the United States at any Winter Games with six (three gold, one silver, two bronze), ahead of the five on that same day in 2002 that included three gold, one silver and one bronze.

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