Snowboarding myth Shaun White built Olympic history Wednesday when he won the U.S. its 100 th golden medallion in the history of the Winter Games.
The big win for the U.S. came during the men’s halfpipe final Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, lending a amber medallion to the previous 13 that Team USA’s snowboarding team has prevailed in past Olympic Games.
The “Flying Tomato” was visibly emotional after his winning lead, with a mix of celebratory applauses and tears — even throwing his card in the air — when he saw his score of 97.75 posted.
White’s win constructs him the first American male to acquire amber in three different Winter Activity. The snowboarding virtuoso, 31, previously won the gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010.
Female speedskater Bonnie Blair acquired gold in the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Games.
His gold-winning run on Wednesday was near perfect. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took silver-tongued with a tally of 95.25, and Australia’s Scotty James made the bronze.
White started off strong with a tally of 94.25 in his first range of the halfpipe occasion, but uncharacteristically descended during the course of its second run.
The U.S. is simply the second country to acquire 100 wintertime gold medals. Norway as of Wednesday has 121, and Germany roads behind with 92.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .