"Oh man, that was terrible and fantastic at the same time", said White, who became the first snowboarder to win three Olympic golds.
White, James and Hirano will square off in the men's snowboarding halfpipe finals on Wednesday, when medals will be awarded.
"I'm sure you can tell by my reactions at the bottom of the pipe but this meant the world to me and my family and my team", White said at the news conference. But the 2018 Winter Olympics still managed to present the man nicknamed "The Flying Tomato" with something new: his own $1,000 cheeseburger.
"It is like this muscle memory as numerous tricks here are similar to skateboarding, just a translation into a smaller board and not being strapped in". He won again at the 2010 Winter Games at 22.
There should also be plenty of competition from athletes who have seen more recent success.
White will be able to rely on his long-time friend and mentor Tony Hawk for encouragement. His gold in Turin as a mop-topped 19-year-old helped launch him into a global brand. I was hoping I could top that in the third, but I lost speed and couldn't do it.
Hawk warned that White would have to completely change his style to successfully compete in Tokyo.
"I've been through so much to get here". One million won is about $920, so Cha did not think anyone would order it, especially since the menu clearly stated that burger was only for Shaun White. "So it's not likely, but he's welcome to try".
Sochi 2014 silver medallist Ayumu Hirano's second-run score of 95.25 points had put him into the lead, a position the Japanese boarder held until White snatched gold with the last run of the competition.
"I think I will carry on", White said.
In the interim, the sport that he defined went on without him.
In 2016, however, Estonian skier Kelly Sildaru became the youngest person to medal at the Winter X Games at age 13.
"I'm standing at the top and I watch Ayumu beat my score and I was pretty frustrated". "That took the pressure and the edge off and then I started seeing everyone putting in these great runs in".