Team USA's Shaun White, one of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games' biggest stars, won a gold medal Wednesday morning that holds additional prestige: the 100th for the United States in the Winter Olympics.
White won the men's halfpipe final, where in his third and final run he came back from second place to edge out Japan's Ayumu Hirano.
White went into the race with a chip on his shoulder -- in Sochi, he failed to medal in the event, placing fourth. But his near-perfect run finished another title White was seeking: He is the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals.
In the qualifying round, White put up a commanding 98.5 score, the highest of the night. And White will go into the halfpipe final with a chip on his shoulder after placing fourth in Sochi.
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Chloe Kim's soaring performance in the halfpipe Tuesday morning in Pyeongchang earned the U.S. its 99th gold medal, setting fellow snowboarder White up to seize the 100th.
Skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on the 100th gold medal for Team USA, having been thwarted twice by dangerous winds that have been postponing her events.
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She looks to defend her slalom gold medal from Sochi, and her chance of standing atop the podium is strong -- she is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion and the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. She is a heavy favorite in the slalom and the giant slalom.
White's 100th gold continues an American tradition that stretches back to the first medal ever won at a Winter Olympics by any country, a feat accomplished by a man from Lake Placid, New York, who shocked the rest of the world, according to a history of the feat posted on the Olympics' website.
In 1924, Charles Jewtraw was 24 and a two-time U.S. speedskating champion when he arrived at the first Winter Games in Chamonix, a resort in the French Alps. (Initially just a week of winter sports put on by the International Olympic Committee, the event would be retroactively deemed the first Olympic Winter Games.)
Photos of Jewtraw from the time show a lean man with a mop of dark hair who wore tights and a turtleneck when he raced.
A Finn named Clas Thunberg was the man to beat in the first event, the 500 meters, according to the Olympics' account, and Thunberg indeed would win three other speedskating events that year.
But Jewtraw "drew gasps from the spectators" when he zoomed away to start his heat. He burned up the oval in just 44.00 seconds, beating two Norwegians and Thunberg, who wound up in a tie for third.
Jewtraw didn't place in his two other races at Chamonix and he didn't compete in another Olympics. But he was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1963.
"Humility and gentlemanly conduct were also Jewtraw trademarks," the Lake Placid Hall of Fame notes.
Today, his gold medal is in the Smithsonian's collection.
The 100 gold medals that the U.S. have won so far are a fraction of those won in Olympic history. Team USA is traditionally more dominant in the Summer Games — Norway has more winter gold medals than the U.S. — and there are more events in the summer as well.
|1||Jan 26, 1924||Charley Jewtraw||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|2*||Feb 17, 1928||Jennison Heaton||Skeleton||Men||Skeleton|
|3*||Feb 17, 1928||Team||Bobsledding||Men||Four|
|4||Feb 4, 1932||Jack Shea||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|5||Feb 4, 1932||Irving Jaffee||Speedskating||Men||5,000m|
|6||Feb 5, 1932||Jack Shea||Speedskating||Men||1,500m|
|7||Feb 8, 1932||Irving Jaffee||Speedskating||Men||10,000m|
|8||Feb 9, 1932||Curtis Stevens / Hubert Stevens||Bobsledding||Men||Two|
|9||Feb 15, 1932||Team||Bobsledding||Men||Four|
|10||Feb 15, 1936||Ivan Brown / Al Washbond||Bobsledding||Men||Two|
|11||Feb 5, 1948||Gretchen Fraser||Alpine Skiing||Women||Slalom|
|12||Feb 5, 1948||Dick Button||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|13||Feb 7, 1948||Team||Bobsledding||Men||Four|
|14||Feb 14, 1952||Andrea Mead-Lawrence||Alpine Skiing||Women||Giant Slalom|
|15||Feb 16, 1952||Ken Henry||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|16||Feb 20, 1952||Andrea Mead-Lawrence||Alpine Skiing||Women||Slalom|
|17||Feb 21, 1952||Dick Button||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|18||Feb 1, 1956||Hayes Jenkins||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|19||Feb 2, 1956||Tenley Albright||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|20||Feb 23, 1960||Carol Heiss||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|21||Feb 26, 1960||David Jenkins||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|22||Feb 28, 1960||Team||Ice Hockey||Men||Ice Hockey|
|23||Feb 4, 1964||Terry McDermott||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|24||Feb 10, 1968||Peggy Fleming||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|25||Feb 9, 1972||Dianne Holum||Speedskating||Women||1,500m|
|26||Feb 10, 1972||Anne Henning||Speedskating||Women||500m|
|27||Feb 11, 1972||Barbara Cochran||Alpine Skiing||Women||Slalom|
|28||Feb 6, 1976||Sheila Young||Speedskating||Women||500m|
|29||Feb 12, 1976||Peter Mueller||Speedskating||Men||1,000m|
|30||Feb 13, 1976||Dorothy Hamill||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|31||Feb 15, 1980||Eric Heiden||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|32||Feb 16, 1980||Eric Heiden||Speedskating||Men||5,000m|
|33||Feb 19, 1980||Eric Heiden||Speedskating||Men||1,000m|
|34||Feb 21, 1980||Eric Heiden||Speedskating||Men||1,500m|
|35||Feb 23, 1980||Eric Heiden||Speedskating||Men||10,000m|
|36||Feb 24, 1980||Team||Ice Hockey||Men||Ice Hockey|
|37||Feb 13, 1984||Debbie Armstrong||Alpine Skiing||Women||Giant Slalom|
|38||Feb 16, 1984||Bill Johnson||Alpine Skiing||Men||Downhill|
|39||Feb 16, 1984||Scott Hamilton||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|40||Feb 19, 1984||Phil Mahre||Alpine Skiing||Men||Slalom|
|41||Feb 20, 1988||Brian Boitano||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|42||Feb 22, 1988||Bonnie Blair||Speedskating||Women||500m|
|43||Feb 10, 1992||Bonnie Blair||Speedskating||Women||500m|
|44||Feb 13, 1992||Donna Weinbrecht||Freestyle Skiing||Women||Moguls|
|45||Feb 14, 1992||Bonnie Blair||Speedskating||Women||1,000m|
|46||Feb 20, 1992||Cathy Turner||Short-Track SSK||Women||500m|
|47||Feb 21, 1992||Kristi Yamaguchi||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|48||Feb 13, 1994||Tommy Moe||Alpine Skiing||Men||Downhill|
|49||Feb 15, 1994||Diann Roffe-Steinrotter||Alpine Skiing||Women||Super G|
|50||Feb 18, 1994||Dan Jansen||Speedskating||Men||1,000m|
|51||Feb 19, 1994||Bonnie Blair||Speedskating||Women||500m|
|52||Feb 23, 1994||Bonnie Blair||Speedskating||Women||1,000m|
|53||Feb 24, 1994||Cathy Turner||Short-Track SSK||Women||500m|
|54||Feb 11, 1998||Jonny Moseley||Freestyle Skiing||Men||Moguls|
|55||Feb 11, 1998||Picabo Street||Alpine Skiing||Women||Super G|
|56||Feb 17, 1998||Team||Ice Hockey||Women||Ice Hockey|
|57||Feb 18, 1998||Nikki Stone||Freestyle Skiing||Women||Aerials|
|58||Feb 18, 1998||Eric Bergoust||Freestyle Skiing||Men||Aerials|
|59||Feb 20, 1998||Tara Lipinski||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|60||Feb 10, 2002||Kelly Clark||Snowboarding||Women||Halfpipe|
|61||Feb 11, 2002||Ross Powers||Snowboarding||Men||Halfpipe|
|62||Feb 12, 2002||Casey FitzRandolph||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|63||Feb 17, 2002||Chris Witty||Speedskating||Women||1,000m|
|64||Feb 19, 2002||Derek Parra||Speedskating||Men||1,500m|
|65||Feb 19, 2002||Jill Bakken||Bobsledding||Women||Two|
|66||Feb 20, 2002||Tristan Gale||Skeleton||Women||Skeleton|
|67||Feb 20, 2002||Jim Shea Jr.||Skeleton||Men||Skeleton|
|68||Feb 20, 2002||Apolo Anton Ohno||Short-Track SSK||Men||1,500m|
|69||Feb 21, 2002||Sarah Hughes||Figure Skating||Women||Singles|
|70||Feb 11, 2006||Chad Hedrick||Speedskating||Men||5,000m|
|71||Feb 12, 2006||Shaun White||Snowboarding||Men||Halfpipe|
|72||Feb 13, 2006||Hannah Teter||Snowboarding||Women||Halfpipe|
|73||Feb 13, 2006||Joey Cheek||Speedskating||Men||500m|
|74||Feb 14, 2006||Ted Ligety||Alpine Skiing||Men||Combined|
|75||Feb 16, 2006||Seth Wescott||Snowboarding||Men||Boardercross|
|76||Feb 18, 2006||Shani Davis||Speedskating||Men||1,000m|
|77||Feb 24, 2006||Julia Mancuso||Alpine Skiing||Women||Giant Slalom|
|78||Feb 25, 2006||Apolo Anton Ohno||Short-Track SSK||Men||500m|
|79||Feb 13, 2010||Hannah Kearney||Freestyle Skiing||Women||Moguls|
|80||Feb 15, 2010||Seth Wescott||Snowboarding||Men||Boardercross|
|81||Feb 17, 2010||Lindsey Vonn||Alpine Skiing||Women||Downhill|
|82||Feb 17, 2010||Shani Davis||Speedskating||Men||1,000m|
|83||Feb 17, 2010||Shaun White||Snowboarding||Men||Halfpipe|
|84||Feb 18, 2010||Evan Lysacek||Figure Skating||Men||Singles|
|85||Feb 21, 2010||Bode Miller||Alpine Skiing||Men||Combined|
|86||Feb 25, 2010||Bill Demong||Nordic Combined||Men||Individual, Large|
|87||Feb 27, 2010||Team||Bobsledding||Men||Four|
|88||Feb 8, 2014||Sage Kotsenburg||Snowboarding||Men||Slopestyle|
|89||Feb 9, 2014||Jamie Anderson||Snowboarding||Women||Slopestyle|
|90||Feb 12, 2014||Kaitlyn Farrington||Snowboarding||Women||Halfpipe|
|91||Feb 13, 2014||Joss Christensen||Freestyle Skiing||Men||Slopestyle|
|92||Feb 17, 2014||Meryl Davis / Charlie White||Figure Skating||Mixed||Ice Dancing|
|93||Feb 18, 2014||David Wise||Freestyle Skiing||Men||Halfpipe|
|94||Feb 19, 2014||Ted Ligety||Alpine Skiing||Men||Giant Slalom|
|95||Feb 20, 2014||Maddie Bowman||Freestyle Skiing||Women||Halfpipe|
|96||Feb 21, 2014||Mikaela Shiffrin||Alpine Skiing||Women||Slalom|
|97||Feb 11, 2018||Red Gerard||Snowboarding||Men||Slopestyle|
|98||Feb 12, 2018||Jamie Anderson||Snowboarding||Women||Slopestyle|
|99||Feb 13, 2018||Chloe Kim||Snowboarding||Women||Halfpipe|
|100||Feb 13, 2018||Shaun White||Snowboarding||Men||Halfpipe|