No surprises as White wins X-Games 15 Halfpipe

Mon 31 January 11

With his new biker look, Shaun White picked up his fourth consecutive x-games halfpipe gold medal, but he was made to work for it with Scotty Lago leading after the first run

No surprises as White wins X-Games 15 Halfpipe

No surprises as White wins X-Games 15 Halfpipe © Photo: Eric Bakke/ESPN Images

Trailing Scotty Lago after the first series of runs, White knew something big was needed if he was going to capture his fourth consecutive gold medal in the discipline.

And big is what he did, pulling together a score of 97.33 on a run that included a backside air, front double cork 1080, cab double cork 1080, a front-side stale-fish 540, a double mctwist 1260 and an alley-oop backside rodeo.

"Scotty had a great score and I knew I would have to pull out all of the stops and show what I have been working on in practice," said White of his second run. "It was one of the best runs that I have ever done."

"Tonight was a great night," added White. "I can't describe the feeling. All the other riders were amazing and it forced me to do my absolute best. I am so happy to have another one of these gold medals around my neck."

Scotty Lago's run

Lago, who was the run-a-way gold medalist in Snowboard Best Method on Friday night, took home the silver with a top score of 92.00.

Scotty Lago competing in Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Finals at Winter X Games 15
Scotty Lago competing in Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Finals at Winter X Games 15
Photo: Eric Bakke/ESPN Images

"I actually think that was the best run I've ever done, better than the run I put down in the Olympics," said Lago.

Fan favorite Louie Vito captured the bronze, his first Winter X Games medal, with a score of 87.33 in his final run.

"It feels amazing," an excited Vito said. "It feels like the monkey is off my back here. I've been coming here every year and wanting it so bad and almost too much to where I couldn't put down a run.

Shaun White competing in Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Finals at Winter X Games 15
Shaun White competing in Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Finals at Winter X Games 15
Photo: Eric Bakke/ESPN Images

"I love the pressure; I love the feeling of contests, so that last run seemed to really work out for me and was the kind of run I can be happy with. You can't control what the judges do, so as long as I put down the run I wanted, I could walk away happy. I got rewarded for it and got my first Winter X Game medal."

X-Games 15 mens Halfpipe Results

 

Name

Bib No.

Hometown  

Score

1.

Shaun White

79

Carlsbad, Calif.

97.33

2.

Scotty Lago

83

Seabrook, N.H.

92.00

3.

Louie Vito

266

Bellefontaine, Ohio

87.33

4.

Markus Malin

275

Lahti, Finland

86.33

5.

Kazuhiro Kokubo

265

Ishikari City, Japan

85.33

6.

Peetu Piiroinen

84

Hyvinkaa, Finland

83.33

7.

Mathieu Crepel

276

La Mongie, France

64.00

8.

Matt Ladley

277

Steamboat Springs, Colo.

45.66

 

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