Shaun White is getting ready for his snowboard schedule to pick up with the halfpipe snowboarding competition event at the Sochi Winter Olympic games and the gold medal round will be streaming Tuesday from NBC and is one of the most anticipated events of the entire games in Russia.
The schedule on Tuesday has a number of events and medals on the docket, including men's curling, cross country skiing as well as freestyle skiing and of course the snowboard halfpipe. The men's halfpipe qualifying starts up on Tuesday early and the day will have multiple runs before the semifinals and then the finals coming later in the day US time. Shaun White is expected to be the favorite in the event and if he doesn't win, he will garner plenty of criticism from fans and his fellow boarders, but one thing is clear, everyone thinks he is the best and that puts him in position to take the gold.
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White will start qualifying early US time in Sochi from 5 am on the halfpipe and many boarders have already put out descriptions of the course, which range from "garbage" to "dangerous" to "terrible" and that could be an issue come Tuesday. White injured his wrist on the slopestyle course and that is why he pulled out of that event and now he has the chance to win gold for the thirds straight time and that comes after his wins in Italy and Canada and he has also put himself into the upper echelons of the Winter X Games, as he has won 13 golds at those games.
The Olympics is obviously a different animal and White will be looking to make it three gold medals in a row at the Sochi games for Americans in snowboarding events. After he pulled out of the slopestyle, Sage Kotsenburg won the gold after trying a trick he never attempted in his life and on the women's side, Jamie Anderson took the gold in the first ever slopestyle and that gave the US its first two of the games and the one for Kotsenburg was the first medal overall of any event in entire Winter Olympics.
White is the favorite in this event and all eyes will be on him for it.
Sochi Winter Olympics
Tuesday, 5:00 AM
Snowboard Men's Halfpipe competition