Shaun White Halfpipe Gold at Pre-Olympic World Cup Event

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 15, 2009 1:55 am

The 21st Winter Olympics are right next door.  The 2010 version will be held in February of next year.  Vancouver gets the nod as host city, Whistler hosts all the Alpine events, and Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver will host freestyle skiing (aerials, moguls, and ski cross) and all snowboarding events (half pipe, snowboarder cross, parallel giant slalom) .  Yes, parallel giant slalom is still an Olympic event and slopestyle is not.  Slow speed at which tradition changes.

Shaun White is no regular on the Snowboarding World Cup.  But, a chance to familiarize himself with the 2010 Olympic pipe drew White and snowboarding’s best to Cypress Mountain this weekend.  The Carlsbad Man, Shaun White topped 18-year-old Ryoh Aono of Japan for gold at the fifth halfpipe contest of the 2009 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup. “This win means a lot to me" White said. "You get to know everything, the pipe as well as the whole set-up. Next year is going to be wild! All riders did well. There is so much talent out there. It wasn’t easy to win as I haven’t seen the most of them for a while now."

It appears the over-emphasis on spinning in snowboarding contests may have peaked.  Aono’s second run was the exact same as White’s first, except Aono added in a 900 on his last hit, but was still outscored by White.  The spin-to-win credo could be on the way out, or the "haters" would say the judges just really like Shaun White.  It’s all good drama leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics next year.

photo: Cypress Mountain courtesy VANOC

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