Source: NBC Olympics
American Shaun White won the gold medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final – throwing down a 97.75 in his final run to earn the top-spot on the podium and a little redemption while he was at it.
The win – White’s third gold overall – serves as a redemption as he failed to medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia (he took home home gold in the 2006 and 2010 Games). As if that’s not enough, it’s because of his efforts that the United States now our 100th all-time gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Ayumu Hirano of Japan earned silver and Scotty James of Australia took home the bronze – Americans Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey, and Jake Pates finished fourth, sixth, and eighth respectively.
American speed skaters disappointed once again in the men’s 15-hundred meters. Shani [[SHAH-nee]] Davis, had been seeking his third career gold medal overall – his first in this event (after winning silver in 2006 and 2010), finished just 19th. Fellow Americans Joey Mantia placed eighth, while Brian Hansen was 15th. As for the gold, that belonged to Kjeld Nuis of The Netherlands, while fellow Dutchman Patrick Roest took silver. Korea’s Kim Min-seok took home the bronze.
Luge was a whole different ball of wax. Erin Hamlin (who carried the American flag at the opening ceremonies) saw her long career close with a sixth-place finish in her fourth Olympics. Summer Britcher struggled – coming in 19th and Emily Sweeney failed to finish at all after losing control of her sled on the final run in what was a horrifying crash.
Where Are We In The Medal Count? As of last night, Norway remains atop the medal standings at the Winter Games with 11. The Netherlands and Canada are tied with 10 total medals each. Germany has nine and the United States is next with seven medals – four gold, one silver and two bronze.