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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Shaun White scores big in halfpipe qualifier

Shaun White of the United States looks on after a practice run before the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Shaun White of the United States looks on after a practice run before the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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If there was any worry about snowboarder Shaun White and his quest for three consecutive gold medals in the halfpipe event, all those concerns were wiped away on Tuesday. As ESPN reports on Feb. 11, White finished the halfpipe qualifying round with the top score.

White, who was one of a few snowboarders concerned about the weather conditions entering into the event, scored a 95.75 in his first run. That first fun score was enough to qualify the 27-year-old directly into the final and well on his way into perhaps making American history by winning his third straight gold medal.

Shaun White dropped out of the slopestyle event prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to focus on the halfpipe and he was at top form, stringing together back-to-back double corks in his first heat. White did however have a mishap in his second run, scoring just a 70.75.

White promised after the qualifying round that something special is in the works for the halfpipe final.

“There’s definitely something special. I’m going to play it by ear, though.”

Americans Danny Davis and Gregory Bretz also qualified for the finals that will take place on Tuesday night.

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