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X Games: Shaun White wins gold in Skateboard Vert

July 30, 2011 |  8:28 pm

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Before his sixth and final run Saturday, Shaun White sat in second place behind rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who had won three consecutive gold medals in the Skateboard Vert event at the X Games.

With the crowd at Nokia Theatre cheering on the action sports superstar, White pulled off his best run, boosting his score of 89.33 points to 93, which helped him over take Gagnon's score of 91.66.

And when Gagnon fell shortly after beginning his final run, the gold medal again belonged to White, who last won the Skateboard Vert in 2007.

White, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding, won the silver medal in this event last year.

Bucky Lasek had the third-highest score at 87.66 to claim the bronze.  

White and Gagnon were neck and neck for most of the five-skater finals because they were, for a time, the only two skaters to complete runs.Gagnon took the lead on his fourth run when he scored 89.66, overtaking White's 89.33 that he earned on his first run. 

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-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Shaun White tries in vain to recover in midair during a qualifying run for the Skateboard Vert competition on Saturday at Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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