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Shaun White, a ‘Little Nervous,’ Impresses in Halfpipe Qualifying

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White, the snowboarding legend, looked to be in top form, scoring the best run of qualifying in the halfpipe event on Tuesday.

White was the 2006 and 2010 halfpipe winner, but a disappointing fourth four years ago.

White, 31, scored a 93.25 on his first qualifying run, best of the field, virtually clinching qualification for the final.

“Oddly enough, I was a little nervous,” White said. “There’s such a build-up to get to the Olympics. People forget you have to qualify. I still had to put that run down. So that took the pressure and the edge off.