Shaun White Dominates Halfpipe at New Zealand Winter Games

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 27, 2009 11:41 am

Day five of the New Zealand Winter Games, and with it one of the marquee events: snowboarding halfpipe.  Shaun White continues to stay a couple steps ahead of the competition.  White consistently landed the biggest new trick in halfpipe, a double-cork cab 1080.  Americans Danny Davis and Scotty Lago, along with Aussi Nathan Johnstone also attempted the same trick, but only White was landing it.  And landing it with the style and ease that is a trademark of snowboarding’s dominant figure.

As the run-up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics continue, it appears the only sure-fire bet to make the U.S. team is White.  With only four slots available, there’s literally 12 other riders who could take up the other three slots.  U.S. Snowboarding Team coach Bud Keane had this to say about White’s performance: “There’s nobody out there doing it as big and as well, or as perfectly executed and as stylish. He has total command of these new tricks and they’re (the judges) very impressed with that.”

LG FIS World Cup halfpipe, 2009 New Zealand Winter Games results:

Men

1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 47.1
2. Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland, 44.4
3. Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan, 43.2
4. Markus Malin, Finland, 42.1
5. Kohhei Kudoh, Japan, 40.7

Women
1. Jiayu Liu, China, 44.1
2. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 40.5
3. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 37.1
4. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 35.3
5. Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 34.2

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