2010 Winter Olympics: Breaking Down the Men's Halfpipe as Shaun White Wins Gold

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2010 Winter Olympics: Breaking Down the Men's Halfpipe as Shaun White Wins Gold

It was the victory lap of all victory laps as Shaun White threw down the much-hyped Double McTwist.

The popular red-headed 23-year-old successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe Wednesday evening, becoming just the fourth American male to successfully repeat at the Olympics.

He joined Dick Button (figure skating, 1948 and 1952), Seth Wescott, (snowboard cross, 2006 and 2010), and Shani Davis (long track speedskating, 2006 and 2010) as Team USA's only back-to-back Winter Olympians.

White was joined on the podium by teammate Scotty Lago who won the bronze medal.

It marked the third multiple-medal event of the day for the United States: The six medals are the most in a single day by the US in an Olympic Winter Games, surpassing the five earned on Feb. 20, 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.

Entering his second run with the gold already secured, White put on a show, improving from a 46.8 on his first run to a 48.4, giving him a 3.4 point advantage over silver medalist Peetu Piiroinen of Finland.

Lago fell on his second attempt, leaving him to rely on the 42.8 he’d posted on his first trip down the pipe.

From White's jaw-dropping 1260 to the frontside 1080, and every variation of the double corkscrew imaginable, there was a constant highlight reel of fast-paced, blurry activity high on top of Cypress Mountain.

Here's a review of the final, breaking down the 12 finalists that made tonight one of the greatest spectacles of the Games.

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