Shaun White of the United States waves to the crowd after a run during the men's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Hours before he went for the win, Shaun White already had delivered a gold-medal moment.Shortly after qualifying for the Olympic halfpipe final Tuesday, White vaulted the barriers separating him from the fans and gave two young cancer patients high-fives and hugs."I thought, 'He's here? What?'" said Ben Hughes, a 10-year-old from St. Louis who was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago.Also sharing the love was 19-year-old Kaitlyn Lyle, who, like Hughes, was in Russia courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Lyle said she had "liked" White on his Facebook page."I had no idea he'd do this," she said.She was diagnosed a bit before the Vancouver Olympics and her wish was to come to Russia, where she was torn between asking for tickets for figure skating or snowboarding."But when I saw Shaun win gold (in Vancouver), I chose snowboarding," she said.Good choice.___(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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