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Shaun White nails qualifying

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Nothing seems to faze Shaun White, arguably the biggest star at the Winter Olympics.

The two-time defending halfpipe gold medalist nailed his qualifying run on Tuesday with a 95.75, which should easily see him through to the finals, although there were still more riders yet to compete.

it up with consecutive double-corks. His qualifying run all but ensures White's chance at a third-straight gold medal in the halfpipe finals to be held later on Tuesday.

White's qualifying group was initially delayed about 20 minutes due to problems with the halfpipe -- an ongoing issue in Sochi with temperatures warmer than expected. American snowboarder Danny Davis, also seeking a finals berth, had some descriptive words for workers trying to shore up the halfpipe.

The top-3 from each heat automatically advance to the finals, while the next six from each group advance to the semis. Six of the 12 semifinalists advance to the finals, awaiting the other six automatic qualifiers.

White dropped out of the slopestyle competition to focus on his main discipline, and it appears, as of now, to have paid off.

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