Three years later, he became the youngest snowboarder to win the US Open.
Observant Twitter users wasted little time to turn White from an Olympic hero to enemy of the state. Two other riders from Japan join Hirano, and one other Australian athlete joins James.
On Monday, Chloe Kim absolutely dominated the women's halfpipe event, winning gold before she even clipped in for her third and final run.
The American initially dropped to one knee when the score was announced, before rising to punch the air in front of an ecstatic crowd at the venue, who surely knew they had witnessed one of the iconic moments of the Games.
But his achievements on snow have also seemingly rubbed up his rivals with Australian snowboarder Scotty James - one of the favourites for halfpipe gold in South Korea alongside White - claiming the American was overmarked for his flawless score in Colorado.
"I am excited about it, the motivation will be there, it is something new, less gear, new competitors", White said after the halfpipe final. But the 31-year-old was delighted, saying he owed it all to his those closest to him.
Ben Ferguson (USA), who won a gold and silver medal at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter YOG, finished fourth, with 90.75 on his final run.
Having the last run Wednesday may have separated White and Hirano, who said he was not that bothered about posting the highest score in qualifying a day earlier. Phelps wrote on his verified account, alluding to White's failure to win a medal at Sochi four years ago.
White and Zawaideh settled in 2017, but the matter was brought up on Wednesday during the gold medal winner's interview with the media at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
"The biggest improvement was getting right with myself, getting right with my mind-set and being inspired again, being excited being a snowboarder and just go to the mountain and take runs for fun, get back to those beginning reasons of why I did the sport in the first place". Man, three gold medals.
He is one of the most flawless snowboarders I know.
Shaun White is most famous for his stylistic snowboarding and his skateboarding.
'I would have loved to have skated into finals on my 93 (points) but everybody started putting it down, ' White said. "I am who I am and I'm proud of who I am".