| USA TODAY Sports
Shaun White is back. And so is his helmet.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s halfpipe who missed the podium in 2014, finishing fourth, threw down an epic first run during Wednesday’s finals.
Then, he threw away his helmet — taking it off and tossing it high into the crowd as he pumped his arms in the air to celebrate.
Then he quickly yelled: “I’m going to need that back!”
The crowd was happy to oblige.
The snowboarder, known affectionately as “The Flying Tomato” with his shock of red hair and ability to seemingly defy gravity over and over, is on a comeback from a fall during training in New Zealand that required more than 60 stitches to his face.
He scored a 94.25 on his first of three runs and looks on track to return to the medal stand — and possibly win his third gold medal in the event.
“I got so jacked at the bottom, I threw my helmet,” White told fellow competitors afterward as they congratulated him on the run.