Winter Games 2018: Shaun White Wins Gold In Men\'s Halfpipe At Olympics

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14:  Shaun White of the United States reacts after his second run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Four years ago, Shaun White did not make the podium in Sochi, Russia.

On Tuesday (Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea), the 31-year-old redeemed himself with a gold-medal performance in the men's halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Thanks to his triumphant run, White is now the first snowboarder in Olympic history with three gold medals.  

White earned a 97.75 in his third run, which was the final run of the competition, to finish 2.50 points ahead of Japan's Ayumu Hirano. NBC Olympics shared a replay of White's gold-clinching run:

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REDEMPTION FOR SHAUN WHITE! HE WINS GOLD on his final run in men's snowboard halfpipe! #BestOfUS #WinterOlympics https://t.co/E1XuTKbGvd https://t.co/b4Yn2jVVGN

White began his Olympic journey at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, where he was thrust into the spotlight at 19 years old following a sensational gold-medal performance.  That ascent continued in 2010, when White successfully won gold in Vancouver, Canada.

However, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi represented a different story. 

Although White was the odds-on favorite to snag gold in Russia, he finished fourth and failed to medal in the men's halfpipe. He also withdrew from the men's slopestyle competition just two days before the opening ceremony. 

Reflecting back on his slip-up, White said the idea of trying to compete in multiple events was a steep proposition. 

"I was learning the tricks in the halfpipe and rushing over to slopestyle, and by the time I got back to halfpipe, the little nuances of those tricks I was learning just went out the window and I had to relearn them," he told NBC Sports' Julia Grassie. "It was time-consuming, it was tough."

As it turns out, that experience left a lasting mark and served as motivation for a comeback. 

"People ask me when I got over Sochi," White told B/R Mag's Brandon Sneed. "I'm like, 'F--king got over Sochi?' I never got over Sochi. I'll never get over Sochi. It's part of me now."

Now that he has a third Olympic medal around his neck, White's journey has officially come full circle following a turbulent four years filled with ups, downs and second-guessing regarding his ability to return to the sport's summit. 

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