Olympic bound Shaun White earns third straight superpipe gold medal at Winter X Games 14

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 29, 2010 7:56 pm

Even a bloody and battered face couldn’t stop the “Flying Tomato” errr sratch that  – the “Animal”  – at the Aspen Buttermilk superpipe tonight. Shaun White became the first snowboarder to successfully three-peat at the Winter X Games superpipe.

Shaun upped the ante from his qualifying runs, as he finally unveiled the double mctwist 1260 to the masses. However, he presented it to the world in a way he probably didn’t envision, through him violently crashing in a practice run while doing the trick.

During practice White would badly face plant himself into the icy 22-foot superpipe wall. White would be okay after suffering some facial lacerations, and was cleared for action by doctors. Showing the type of competitor White is, the ginger-haired snowboarder immediately laid down the double mctwist 1260 (the very same one that he crashed on) during his very next practice run.

Elsewhere from the Shaun White show, Switzerland’s “IPod” a.k.a. Iouri Podladtchikov threw down two double corks in his run, with the second coming on his last hit, sticking it the move on the last couple feet of the pipe wall. The inspired run would be good enough for a highly respectable 2nd place finish to the Flying Tomato.

Rounding out the Winter X Snowboard Superpipe podium was Mammoth local Greg Bretz. Bretz, who was recently named as the fourth and final member of the US Olympic Snowboarding Team certainly made the US coach’s choice look a bit more understandable as he launched a double cork 10, and finished things up with a stomped 1260 on the bottom hit.

Podium Winners

1. Shaun White
2. Iouri Podladtchikov
3. Greg Bretz