Aspen, Colorado — The 108,000 people that witnessed Winter X Games Aspen 2012 saw some amazing feats over the four days. However those that stuck around for the final event Sunday night saw history in Snowboard SuperPipe.
Shaun White – one of the most decorated X Games athletes in history – scored a perfect score of 100.00 on his final run to capture his fifth-consecutive Snowboard SuperPipe gold. He is the first athlete to win five consecutive SuperPipe gold medals and is just the third athlete to win five consecutive in a discipline.
“It’s unreal, I have wanted that 100 forever,” White said trying to catch his breath from excitement.
Before his third run, White had already sealed the gold medal but he had more to prove. He wanted to land the back-to-back double McTwist 1260 after missing it on his second run.
“For me, it wasn’t complete until I landed that run,” White said. “I am glad I did. 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.”
Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov, or Ipod as he is known on the mountain, scored a 93.00 winning the silver. Ipod said that although he didn’t win, he was very happy with his performance.
“I am really happy actually because I have never put that run down so clean,” an exhausted Podladtchikov said following his last run. “I wish I had another run because I was just getting warmed up. It was my personal best run so far but it wasn’t enough today.“
Japan’s Ryo Aono took home the bronze with a top score of 86.00
“I had good coaching and I am so very happy,” Aono said.
The Snowboard SuperPipe event represents the progression of the sport and showcases the best pipe riders in the world. The SuperPipe course consists of a large halfpipe structure with vertical walls. The course is approximately 567-foot long and 66 feet wide, with 22-foot walls. SuperPipe is judged on amplitude, execution, difficulty, landings and use of the course.
WINTER X GAMES ASPEN 2012: SNOWBOARD SUPERPIPE MEN’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Shaun White Carlsbad, Calif. 100.00
2. Iouri Podladtchikov Zurich, Switzerland 93.00
3. Ryo Aono Matsuyama City, Japan 86.00
4. Christian Haller Zernez, Switzerland 83.00
5. Matt Ladley Steamboat Springs, Colo. 78.66
6. Louie Vito Bellefontaine, Ohio 70.00
7. Greg Bretz Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 60.00
8. Luke Mitrani Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 37.00
News: Shaun White Scores Perfect 100; Wins Fifth-Consecutive Gold In Snowboard Superpipe