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Shaun White Hugs Young Cancer Patients in Touching Olympic Moment

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014  |  Updated 9:10 AM PDT
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    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 luekemia 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.

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