Shaun White cinched his fifth-straight gold medal in Sunday night’s SuperPipe final at the Winter X Games. And that was before he notched a perfect score on his final run, the first perfect 100 in snowboard halfpipe history.
White, in all the glory of his flowing red locks and tight, white, animal-print pants, secured the win with a 94 on Run 1, giving him two victory runs to unload his newest trick, a frontside double cork 1260–a trick nobody has ever landed in competition. After falling trying to land it on Run 2, White nailed it at the end of his historic third run. As the video shows, he also threw down some other neato tricks with crazy names. His five straight X Games golds in the contest are also a first.
There was a time earlier in the week when this competition was in question for White, considered by many the face of the sport. White sprained his ankle during Slopestyle practice last Thursday, causing him to sit out that event and jeopardizing his participation in Sunday’s SuperPipe. He skipped practice sessions Saturday night but caught up with extra runs Sunday morning before qualifying.
“It’s unreal,” White said, after scoring 100 out of a possible 100 points on his final run. “I’ve been wanting that 100 forever. Thank you so much, everybody, tonight. I came here on a mission: I couldn’t compete in Slope and it kind of broke me. I didn’t know what to do. I was sitting around icing my ankle wondering if I could even ride tonight, and I kind of took out a little bit of that anxiety and anger that I couldn’t compete in Slope in the pipe tonight.”
But seriously, dude, what was up with those pants? Does Lil Wayne know you stole from his closet?
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