Winter Olympics: Fans and celebrities congratulate Shaun White

Shaun White
Shaun White was overcome with emotion following the dramatic final
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

You know you've smashed it when you get compared to Michael Phelps.

And what's better than being compared to one of the greatest athletes of all time? Getting a congratulatory tweet off the man himself, of course.

In the early hours of the morning, American snowboarder Shaun White went for gold in the men's halfpipe final.

Securing first place would have taken Team USA's total gold medal tally at the Winter Olympics up to an impressive 100 - just 21 behind all-time leaders Norway.

Let's just say, as the final evolved, the pressure was well and truly on. But it was nothing the 'Flying Tomato' couldn't handle...

White found himself in unfamiliar territory after a crash during his second run meant his third run was more than his usual victory lap. The nerves started building on social media, and the pressure rocketed.

Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet

The 31-year-old needed a score of 95.25 to secure the gold medal, but he kept his cool, no doubt repeated the mantra "Challenge accepted" and showcased a near-perfect ride to score 97.75, securing his third Olympic halfpipe gold.

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White claims gold in thrilling halfpipe contest
Shaun White tweet

The emotion was too much for the newly crowned champion to contain, and Twitter basically went into meltdown...

Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet

Self-confessed Winter Olympics newcomers were bitten by the bug...

Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet

Some made comparisons to Olympic legend Michael Phelps and basketball star Michael Jordan...

Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet

Then, celebrities and athletes also recognised the magnificent feat for Team USA by sending their congratulations...

Shaun White tweet
American 23-time tennis Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams sent White her congratulations...
Michael Johnson tweet
...as did Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.
Michael Phelps tweet
Michael Phelps, a 23-time Olympic champion in the pool, paid tribute to White
Shaun White tweet
Houston Texans NFL player J.J. Watt joined in the conversation on social media
Shaun White tweet
White also received praise from professional skateboarder Tony Hawk
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You know you've had a good day at the office when The Rock sends some Twitter love your way!

And there was a general sense of awe about the sport and the hero...

Shaun White tweet
Shaun White tweet

So we'll sum up the events of the small hours in this tweet by Kyle...

Shaun White tweet

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