After an unprecedented 16 consecutive halfpipe victories, Kelly Clark's win-streak was derailed Saturday at the Burton US Open in Stratton, VT.
The Vermont-native and crowd favorite boosted a run filled with lofty, technical tricks, but this time her efforts were just not enough.
Elena Hight, who has only placed in the top three on two occasions throughout this season, boosted a run that included a huge, tweaked backside air, back to back 900's and a massive ally-oop backside rodeo. The judges awarded her a 86.50 which was only 3/10th of a point higher than Clark's.
Hight was overwhelmed with her win and said "I'm really happy with the whole weekend - the pipe and weather were amazing. I haven't been at the Open for a couple of years, and it's great to come back and embrace the 30th anniversary of the event."
Following the dramatic women's event, sixteen of the world's best male riders battled it out under blue skies and springlike temps. The warm weather created variable conditions in the pipe. The right wall was sun-baked and slushy, but the shadowed left-side was icy and firm, making it difficult for the riders to cleanly stomp all three of their runs.
After taking a three year hiatus from competing at the US Open, Shaun White made a triumphant return to the pipe. He was the first rider to drop and laid down a run that included a method, frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, Cab double cork 1080 melon, frontside inverted 540 stalefish, backside double McTwist 1260 and an alley oop backside rodeo. While this wasn't the best run we've ever seen out of White, his efforts were awarded a 90.1-- the highest score of the day.
White was pleased with the win, but knew he didn't ride his best. He commented "I hoped to set it up in runs two and three, but I had trouble with the double back rodeo on that final hit."
After falling on runs one and two, Louie Vito stomped four double corks in his third attempt. This was enough to secure second place. Vermont-native Benji Farrow rounded out the top three and was thrilled with his first major podium of the season.
The Burton US Open was the last major halfpipe contest in the United States. Many of the riders will now travel to Tignes, France for the European X Games to cap off the 2011-2012 season.
Remember that guy, the one that scored a perfect 100 at this year's Winter X Games in Aspen?
Yep, you know the one. Well apparently the blazoned redhead is involved with more than just high-flying aerobatics. Now he's also a full-fledged model. Shaun White recently popped up posing on the home page of the Mr. Porters, a website geared towards gentlemen who are into high-fashion.
The feature includes a lengthy interview with the burgeoning star and delves into all aspects of the 25-year-old's career. From competitions, to endorsements, movies and more, Mr. Porter's shows Shaun White in a new light.
Here's an excerpt from the interview.
Q. You are a daredevil by default. Do you take a similar approach when it comes to style?
A. I love to compete but as far as being a daredevil, that's the furthest thing from me. My lifestyle off the hill is totally different. I guess when it comes to fashion I'm geared more towards styles that are driven by musicians. I've always worn tighter jeans, sports coats and suit jackets.
Q. After your cameo appearance in Friends With Benefits, is acting something you would like to do more of?
A. It was definitely something that put me out of my element, but I found it really exciting and intriguing. Going to the premiere in New York was great. I'd love to do more acting but nothing has really piqued my interest yet.
Q. What is the one thing people always assume about you that's not true?
A. People always think I'm going to act a certain way because I have sponsors and various things in my life that are very corporate. At the end of the day I'm a 25-year-old guy in the action sports world. And I like to have a good time.
Check out SW modeling high-end threads and head to Mr. Porter's the full interview.
Photos via Mr. Porter
Photog:Mr Matt Irwin
GoPro has been secretly gathering the snow world's best athletes and creating one hell of an A-team. During Winter X Games 16 that concluded on Sunday January 29, the latest addition to the team was announced. Who might this lone stranger be? Picture flowing fiery locks, questionable taste in snow pants, and an annoying tendency to win every single halfpipe contest he competes in without a second look. Yep. Shaun White.
Along with Tom Wallisch, Jamie Anderson, and Hannah Teter, White took home some X Games hardware in 2012. This hardware of course, being the gold medal paired with a perfect score after his last run in men's pipe finals. Tom Wallisch also claimed the gold in men's ski slopestyle as well as Jamie Anderson who earned hers in women's slopestyle finals. Teter followed up with the bronze in women's halfpipe finals.
Understand the A-team comment now? Check out the highlights with this talented group of rippers below.
Action sports icon Shaun White closed out the 2012 Winter X Games on Sunday night by winning a fifth consecutive gold medal in the Snowboard Superpipe competition--and by registering a first-ever perfect score of 100 in the marquee event. "It's unreal. I've been wanting that 100 forever," White told ESPN's Tina Dixon, during an interview at the bottom of the superpipe on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (Video shows White's perfect run.)
White posted the perfect score on what amounted to a victory lap, having already earned a 94.00 on his first of three runs Sunday night. As the last rider, and with nobody having topped 94.00, White dropped into the U-shaped pipe and unleashed what announcers described as the best run in the history of superpipe riding.
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(Freeskier Bobby Brown, in 2010 at the Ski Big-Air competition, becamethe first Winter X Games athlete to register a perfect score.)
White's run included a series of new-age tricks that his peers simply are incapable of stringing together: a backside air, front-side double-cork 1080, a cab double-cork 1080, a front-side stalefish 540, a double McTwist 1260, and a front-side double-cork 1260.
Those numbers represent degrees of rotation and the descriptions represent White's pre-launch stance and variations (flips and board grabs) of the tricks he performed while soaring high above the superpipe's 22-foot walls.
White, 25, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was asked by Dixon how he expects to improve on a score of 100. The red-headed athlete thought for a second and quipped,
"There's always next year."
Sixteen of the world's best superpipe riders laced up their boots and set out to do work today in Aspen's famed 22' superpipe. The men's snowboard pipe eliminations kicked off this afternoon under sunny skies and warm temps on the last day of Winter X Games 16.
The goal for every rider was to put down at least one solid run that would earn them enough points to move unto tonight's highly anticipated final. That proved difficult for many as today's eliminations were plagued with uncharacteristic falls from some of snowboarding's best. Danny Davis, who looked strong throughout practice, fell on both of his runs ruining his chance for finals. This is the sixth time in a row DD has failed to make finals at X. Also missing out on the chance to compete under the lights were Scotty Lago, Jack Mitrani, Kazu Kokubu, Steve Fisher, Peetu Piiroinen, and Kohei Kudo.
While many of these top guys were unable to put it down, Shaun White was on fire and easily took the top spot with his first run. White pulled out of Friday's slopestyle competition citing an ankle injury, but it didn't seem to affect his riding today. When asked about how he was feeling, White said he was much better and noted that he tied his boots extra tight for today's event. That must have been a heck of a lace-job because White stomped a run that included a huge backside air, and two perfect 1080's which earned him an 88.66. That's actually a relatively low score for White, so look for him to amp up his tricks and intensity in tonight's finals.
Rumors around Aspen are that both Shaun White and Iouri Podladtchikov may be unleashing new, never-before-seen tricks, which means tonight's final is going to be one of the most progressive to date. It's gonna go off in Aspen.
See who made the cut. Top 8 are locking into finals.