Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl
Shaun White captured his fourth straight superpipe crown at the Winter X Games, holding off Scotty Lago by performing his signature trick, a difficult and dangerous maneuver only few can do.
White, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, cemented the win on his second run Sunday night, pulling out the Double McTwist 1260 in which he launches himself high above the pipe, then does two head-over-heels flips and 3 1/2 rotations.
That was good enough to overtake Lago, who led after the first run despite competing with a broken jaw. Louie Vito was third.
All three were members of the Olympic snowboarding team in Vancouver, with White winning gold and Lago winding up with bronze.
White was looking quite stylish, wearing a black leather jacket and skin-tight pants. His snowboarding was just as cutting edge as White demonstrated why he’s the undisputed king of the pipe, even if he was battling a cold.
Before Sunday, White never really had to pull out the McTwist to come from behind and secure a win.
Usually, he’s only brought it out for victory laps.
But the trick was spot-on when he needed it most.
“I saw Lago just destroying it,” White told the ESPN broadcast. “I figured it was all or nothing. I knew I needed to stick the best run and went for it.”
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