Shaun White captures gold with monster third run

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When the pressure was on, Shaun White landed the run that had haunted him for months, threw his hands into the air and tossed his helmet into the crowd. He didn’t wait to see his score to let the emotion of the day overtake him.

That’s the image that will remained burned into the mind of anyone who witnessed White’s historic performance Wednesday afternoon: the three-time Olympic gold medalist, head in hands, tears streaking his cheeks, humbled and human at the bottom of the halfpipe.

“I’ve never seen Shaun cry like that,” said his dad, Roger, tears in his eyes. “Seeing him cry made me cry. My tears are joy. It’s all over. All that pressure he’s had since Sochi, it built a fire under him.”

For White, the tears were about perseverance. Until he finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, he’d

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