After already securing the win, Shaun White took a victory lap and scored a record-breaking perfect score of 100.00 Sunday night to win his fifth-consecutive Snowboard SuperPipe gold at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Shaun White shows off the amplitude only he can achieve in the SuperPipe. Photo by Sasha Coben.
“It’s unreal, I have wanted that 100 forever,” White said. “For me, it wasn’t complete until I landed that run. I have been to so many X Games now, and I will forever remember this. Getting that 100 score, the perfect score. It is crazy.”
His final run featured an 18-foot backside air at the start of the pipe and a backside double cork 1260 followed by a frontside double cork 1260 to finish his perfect performance.
The first to win five consecutive SuperPipe gold medals and just the third athlete to win five consecutive in a discipline, White brought his total Winter X Games medal count to 17 (12 gold).
Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov, a.k.a iPod, scored a 93.00 to win silver, while Japan’s Ryo Aono took home the bronze with a top score of 86.00.
Check out Shaun White's latest "Tales from the Road" blog to see how he prepared for Winter X Games.
Men’s Skier X
In his eighth Winter X Games, Chris Del Bosco skied to Men’s Skier X gold on Sunday.
“This is my favorite event,” said Del Bosco, who is a Colorado native who holds duel U.S. and Canadian citizenship and races for Canada. “I have had an up and down season, so to come in and grab gold is pretty special.”
Chris Del Bosco celebrates gold atop the Men's Skier X podium. Photo by Sasha Coben.
Del Bosco overcame some challenges at the beginning of the 4,060-foot long course, but gained the top spot halfway down and held off his competitors until he crossed the finish line in first.
Slovenia’s Filip Flisar took silver, winning the first Winter X Games medal for his country. Canadian Dave Duncan earned bronze.
Women’s Skier X
Wearing casts on both arms, Norway’s Marte Gjefsen raced down Buttermilk Milk Mountain to take gold in Women’s Skier X Sunday afternoon.
Gjefsen said she had to trust her gliding skills, knowing she’d pass the field farther down the course.
Marte Gjefsen shows off her dual casts following her win in Women's Skier X. Photo by Sasha Coben.
“After I hit the last jump, I realized I was going to win this,” Gjefsen said.
Norwegian Hedda Berntsen took her second silver in the event (her first came in 2008), while Australia’s Jenny Owens earned bronze.
Female skiers fly to the bottom of the Skier X course. Photo by Sasha Coben.
Mono Skier X
When Samson Danniels crossed the finish line to win Mono Skier X on Sunday afternoon, he let a scream that the entire venue, perhaps even those in downtown Aspen, could hear.
“Oh my god it doesn’t even feel real. This is unbelievable,” said Danniels, who became paralyzed from the armpits down following a mountain bike accident.
Snowmobile Big Air
On the Wednesday before Winter X Games, Idahoan Heath Frisby leaked that he’d done the prep work to land a front flip on his snowmobile. To the crowd and his peers’ delight, he did just that Sunday night to win gold at Snowmobile Best Trick, his seventh Winter X Games medal.
Frisby landed the seemingly impossible directly after witnessing friend and competitor Justin Hoyer crash on a double backflip attempt. Hoyer was carried out on a stretcher with injuries to his right arm and right leg.
The Best Trick course consists of metal take-off ramps to snow landings. Riders hit a single jump to attempt freestyle tricks, such as body varials, backflips and combo tricks using 500-pound snowmobiles.
“This has been everything to me really,” an emotional Frisby said.
This year’s Snowmobile Freestyle gold medalist Colten Moore threw an Indie-Ruler Flip for silver. Parsons earned bronze with a trick he named the “gator wrestler.”