Shaun White has perfect superpipe run at Winter X Games [Video]
Shaun White didn't need to be perfect. He really didn't need to do anything. But what he ended up doing on his final run in the superpipe final Sunday night at the Winter X games really was quite something -- and, according to the judges, it was perfect.
With a fifth consecutive gold medal in the event already assured, White gave fans in Aspen, Colo., something to remember -- an incredible final run that included the first back-to-back double cork in Winter X Games history. The judges rewarded him with a perfect score of 100.
“It's unreal," White said. "I've been wanting that 100 forever.”
White had to withdraw from the slopestyle event due to a left ankle sprain two days earlier and missed Saturday's practice session. But he came out strong Sunday, earning a 94 from the judges for his first run, a score that held up even after he wiped out on his second run.
So he entered his third and final run already knowing he was just the third Winter X athlete to five-peat in an event, following Nate Holland in snowboardcross and Tucker Hibbert in snocross. But it was anything but a casual victory lap for White.
"I just came through it and everything felt perfect," White said. "I was landing the 10 at the top and the cab double came through perfect. I don't know if I have ever landed my double Mc12 as clean as I have tonight, so that just set myself up perfect for the frontside double cork 12. I guess it's the first [time] ever to do back-to-back double cork 12s. What a night."
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.