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Shaun White repeats as Olympic champion
American snowboarder Shaun White took gold for a second consecutive time in the halfpipe event, scoring high enough on his first run to secure the gold medal. After joking about snowboarding straight down the middle on his second run, he instead performed a near-flawless run featuring the Double McTwist 1260—two flips and three and a half spins and was crowned again as the best halfpipe snowboarder in the world.
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Wescott honors grandfather
Snowboard cross made its debut at the 2006 Torino Games, with American Seth Wescott as the inaugural Olympic champion. He gained another gold in Vancouver, passing Canadian Mike Robertson on the final jump to reach the finish line first. Wescott celebrated by holding the American military service flag given to the Wescotts at the funeral of his grandfather, a World War II veteran.
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Australian takes halfpipe crown
Snowboarder Torah Bright carried not only Australia’s flag in the Vancouver Opening Ceremony, but also the hopes of a nation that had only won three medals in the Winter Olympics. After falling during the first run of the finals, Bright performed a jaw-droppingly difficult routine on her second run to win the gold medal.
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Teter and Clark finish 2-3
American snowboarders Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark have both won gold in halfpipe, Teter at the 2006 Torino Games and Clark at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. While unable to top Torah Bright’s score in Vancouver, Teter and Clark filled out the podium with silver and bronze, respectively. The two were separated by just .2 points.
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Canadian Jasey-Jay Anderson wins gold
The fourth time was the charm for snowboarder Jasey-Jay Anderson, who left the previous three Olympics medal-less. He considered retiring but the Quebec native decided to give his Olympic dreams one last shot in his home country. After coming close to missing the final round of the parallel giant slalom event after finishing 20th in his first run, Anderson rebounded to defeat Austrian Benjamin Karl and take gold.
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