02/13/2018 05:26 am ET Updated Feb 13, 2018

Shaun White Is Damn Near Perfect In His Winter Olympics Comeback

The two-time gold medalist notched a spectacular score in halfpipe and is on his way to the final.

After a poor showing at Sochi 2014 and a scary practice fall that left him with 62 stitches on his face last October, snowboarder Shaun White took a spectacular step in his comeback at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

On Tuesday, the two-time gold medalist posted a 98.50 on his second run to lead the qualifying into the men’s final of the halfpipe. That’s near-perfection.

The 31-year-old reacted, as expected, to the score.

“I’m excited,” he said.

“I started seeing everyone putting these great runs in and I figured I would step it up,” White told NBC Sports. “They motivated me to send it on that last one.”

The final will take place on Wednesday (Pyeongchang local time).



Highlights from 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony