Shaun White wins Winter X Tignes pipe
TIGNES, FRANCE -- Shaun White's victory was clinched on the first run of the Men's Snowboard SuperPipe finals Thursday night at Winter X Games in Tignes, France. Louie Vito took second and Iouri Podladtchikov finished third.
White's nearly flawless run -- which included a switch cab double cork, a double McTwist 1260 and an alleyoop rodeo on the last hit -- scored a 98.
"I feel amazing," White said afterward. "That first run I gave it my all and I was standing there with a chance to back it up on the last run. But I was just happy to have a victory lap."
This was White's first appearance at Winter X Tignes. "To everybody here tonight," said White, addressing the crowd at the bottom of the pipe after his victory lap, "this is by far better than Aspen." White earned a perfect 100-point score for the gold medal at Winter X Aspen in January.
Vito's third run included four double corks in-a-row and scored a 94.33. Podladtchikov scored an 88 on his first run, which included a frontside 900 and a double McTwist 1260.
White didn't attempt the double alley-oop rodeo, a new trick he recently learned.
Podladtchikov was going to throw his new trick -- a switch double McTwist 1260 that he landed over the summer in New Zealand -- but he crashed setting up for it on his third and final run. "I wasn't planning on trying it, but I came around so much on that first double I landed switch. I had speed and was feeling good, so figured I'd try it," Podladtchikov said. "No one understands how hard that trick is. The pressure to try to do it switch is, like... you don't know what you're asking. There's a reason only Shaun and I do the double McTwist. It's so scary."