Shaun White adds Double McTwist 1260 to his Olympic repertoire

Though Golden boy Shaun White remains the favorite to win the halfpipe competition next month in Vancouver, the gap that once existed between White and his counterparts has narrowed in the final push toward the Olympics. Performance levels in the halfpipe have been skyrocketing over the past few months, especially on the U.S. side. During a qualifying event in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on January 6, Michigan’s Danny Davis beat White in a remarkable showdown. Davis’ winning run that was immediately hailed as the best ever. Apparently, the loss didn’t sit well with White. Rather than go rest up for the Olympics he headed straight for Park City, Utah, where he’s been pushing himself harder than ever in an attempt to add another move to his repertoire just weeks away from opening ceremonies. His latest is called the Double McTwist 1260, which crams three horizontal rotations inside two vertical flips while grabbing. All the training seems to be paying off. White revealed the move in front of a huge crowd during last night’s Grand Prix qualifier en route to another victory. Rest assured we can expect more of this in Vancouver. Below is a clip of White perfecting the move earlier this week.