Olympics Blog

News about the Summer and Winter Games

« Previous Post | Olympics Blog Home | Next Post »

Shaun White update: In good company

February 17, 2010 |  9:50 pm

Shaunwhite_250 The USOC just announced that four American men have been able to repeat as Winter Olympic champion.

Two have pulled it off at the Cypress Mountain venue at these Vancouver Olympics: Seth Wescott in snowboard cross, and now Shaun White in the halfpipe on Wednesday night. The others were figure skater Dick Button, in 1948 and 1952, and long track speedskater Shani Davis, in 2006 and earlier Wednesday.

White had not yet arrived for his official interview but was his usual quotable self in the mixed zone.

“It feels good,” White said. “Heavy lies the crown.”

Of his dazzling second run: "I felt it was such a miracle run … I just felt like I didn't come all the way to Vancouver not to pull out the big guns. I put down the tricks I've worked so hard on.

“My coach said at the top, ‘Don't do this unless you're gonna stomp it.’ ”

White stomped it ... and the competition.

-- Lisa Dillman, reporting from Vancouver

More photos: Olympics hi-res

Photo: Shaun White reacts after scoring a nearly flawless 48.4 points on his second run in the men's snowboard halfpipe final on Wednesday night at Cypress Mountain. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times