Shaun White wowed fans late Sunday in the superpipe final at the Winter X games. White scored the first perfect score of 100 in Winter X Games history when he completed the first perfect back-to-back double cork. The 25-year-old snowboard superstar also won his fifth consecutive gold medal of the event. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)
Shaun White wowed fans late Sunday in the superpipe final at the Winter X games. White scored the first perfect score of 100 in Winter X Games history when he completed the first perfect back-to-back double cork. The 25-year-old snowboard superstar also won his fifth consecutive gold medal of the event.
It's unreal. I've been wanting that 100 forever, White told the Associated Press.
White's incredible run comes as a surprise after the snowboarder sprained his ankle two days earlier. He was forced to withdraw from a competitive slopestyle event and many wondered if he would be able to compete in the pipe final on Sunday.
Despite his injury, White dominated the field Sunday, beating out Iouri Ipod Podlatchikov, Luke Mitrani, Louie Vito, Markus Malin, Greg Bretz, Ryo Aono and Christian Haller.
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White led the field after his nearly perfect first run, where he scored a 94. His second run was weaker when he faltered and wiped out. Despite his mistake in the second run, Podlatchikov, Haller and the other snowboarders could not outperform White.
Already set to five-peat, the 25-year-old snowboarder stunned fans in his final run, a casual victory lap, when he executed a perfect back-to-back double cork, including an 18-foot backside air, a 17-foot frontside double cork 1080, an 11-foot switch frontside double cork 1080, a 14-ft frontside cork 540, a 13-foot backside double cork 1260 and a 12-foot frontside double cork 1260.
It was bizarre - and my coach Bud Keene was saying 'They're going to give you a 100 if you make it,' White told USA Today. I'm thinking he was very excited. But I don't know, I just came through it and everything felt perfect. I was landing the 10 at the top and the cab double came through perfect. I don't know if I have ever landed my double Mc12 as clean as I have tonight, so that just set myself up perfect for the frontside double cork 12. I guess it's the first (time) ever to do back-to-back double cork 12s. What a night.
White is the third Winter X athlete to five-peat an event, following in the steps of snowboardcrosser Nate Holland and snocrosser Tucker Hibbert, but he is the only star to perform the perfect back-to-back double cork in history.
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