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White: Halfpipe Problems Were Just a Bad Dream

<p>As the American star vies for a third gold medal, course problems seem to have melted away.</p>
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Shaun White of the United States competes in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 11.Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

American Shaun White seemed unfazed by the conditions of the halfpipe Tuesday, as he cruised into the final to compete for a third straight gold medal at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Performing back-to-back double flips that seemed to defy gravity, White, 27, managed a first run that was a halfpipe masterclass — his issues with the pipe itself seemingly far behind him.

Monday, White said he found the less-than-ideal terrain disappointing after his training run — with the flat bottom too soft and grainy.

“It's just not up to par,” he said. “I don't think it’s dangerous. It’s definitely just frustrating.”

He added: “You don't know where the bumps are going to be, and the hard part is getting from one wall to the other.”

But on Tuesday, the threepeat hopeful told Reuters some of the problems he faced with the shape of the pipe in training had been improved.

"The pipe is riding much better than yesterday," he said.

"Yesterday was a nightmare and it's so much better to wake up and discover it was all a dream."

White was joined in the final by compatriot Danny Davis, who had described the pipe as "garbage" after training on Sunday.

NBC News' Erin McClam contributed to this report.