Shaun Threepeats with X Games Superpipe Gold
With a run that included one trick that only a handful of riders can perform, and another that only he can perform, Shaun White won his third consecutive gold medal Friday in the Winter X Games superpipe.
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White put together a winning score of 95.33 on his first of three runs with a 23-foot method air, followed by back-to-back double-cork 1080s, a 540-degree spin and a double McTwist 1260. He finished with an alley-oop 540. It was a flawless performance that reinforced White’s status as the gold-medal favorite at the Vancouver Olympics.
“I reached a new height this year that I never even imagined,” White said. “Before this year, there were no double corks in halfpipe, and tonight there were three in one run.”
Kazuhiro “Kazu” Kokubo claimed bronze with a ballistic run of all huge airs, whether he was linking up 10 to 10 to couble cork 10, or just straight airin’ simply for the pleasure of tweaking his board.
Oakley’s Greg Bretz landed a savage third run containing a multiple 1080 combos (including a double cork) into one of the more stylee 1260s we’ve ever seen. J.J. Thomas rode big and smooth, 1080ing it up even after he thought he’d “lost” the front 10 in practice.