Shaun White is America's most clutch performer in Winter Games history

Dan Wolken

 |  USA TODAY Sports

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The final trick safely landed, the gold medal almost assuredly around his neck, Shaun White came off the halfpipe at Phoenix Snow Park and raised his arms, screaming with the kind of emotion you’ve rarely seen during his lifetime as a superstar athlete and cultural icon.

What White did here Wednesday went further than those familiar labels; beyond his talent, his presence and his resume, none of which were ever in question. What he did, nailing his awe-inspiring final run to win this event for the third time in four Olympics, didn’t merely re-affirm his standing as the greatest snowboarder…

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