Nicholls continues to impressive again the world’s top riders.
Shaun white was definitely not today’s favourite on the Slopestyle course in Tignes. Chas Guldemond, defending champion, was determined not to let this go. However it only took one run, his first one, for Shaun White to set the record straight. His first run put him in first place and nothing would change this today. Shaun White was here to show that he was back in business for Slopestyle. And his first run that scored 95 points with a switch back 1080 double cork et several back 1260 double corks, sent the message loud and clear. As if that wasn’t enough, the ‘Flying Tomato’ added insult to injury, increasing his score to 97 points on his second run. This effectively left very little room for Mark Mc Morris (second) and Eric Willet (Third) to bump Shaun out of first place. The young Nowegian rider, Stale Sandbech, that finished fourth made a strong impression on the crowd that had turned out massively to watch the event under Tignes’ scorching sun.
He won the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle on Friday with a top score of 97 from his second run which included three double corks in a row, switch double cork 1080 and two double cork 1260s, for a top score of 97. Shaun white also won the Halpipe Event the previous night..
It is three years since White last won in the slopestyle discipline at the Winter Games. Speaking of his achievement White said:
"These guys have been pushing the limits of what's possible in the Slopestyle course and they put the gauntlet in front of me,I think I've finally caught up and I'm happy to be back."
Mark McMorris, scored 90 point to claim second in a run that included a frontside cab 1080 and a frontside double cork 1080. While Eric Willett earned a bronze medal with his score of 88.
"It's been a good contest. The weather's nice, the jumps are big, the rails are heavier than last year. Obviously, Shaun is back," McMorris said. "Back in black. I'm just going to have to come back and beat him next year."
Willett rode to his second Bronze of the Winter X Tignes but expressed relief at making the podium. "That was an emotional rollercoaster," Willett said. "I'm happy to make the podium but I think one of the Norwegians [Ståle Sandbech or Aleksander Oestreng] should have been in my place -- they both rode so well. But I'm stoked I was able to keep my podium streak here."
White's has now won 24 X Games event medal and 16 of those have been gold. Riding for the first time at Winter X Games Tignes, White Said.
"I was just happy to win the pipe and to come out here and try my best," White said. "I'm just ecstatic."
Final Standings Below:
1. Shaun White 190 Carlsbad, CA 97.00
2. Mark McMorris 212 Regina, SA, Canada 90.00
3. Eric Willett 220 Breckenridge, CO 88.00
4. Stale Sandbech 216 Rykkinn, Norway 90.00
5. Aleksander Oestreng 215 Rykkinn, Norway 80.66
6. Sebastian Toutant 219 Montreal, QC, Canada 77.33
7. Chas Guldemond 209 Reno, NV 76.00
8. Jamie Nicholls 214 Bradford, Great Britain 74.66