Crowd Favorite Shaun White who placed fifth in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle redeemed himself by winning his sixth consecutive X Games Gold Medal in Halfpipe. His signature backside air on his first hit boosted an awe inspiring 24-foot 1 inches out of the pipe, breaking his own record by a foot. His next hits were back-to-back double 1080s into a cork 5 followed by a double Mctwist 1260 and finished off with a frontside double 1260. This run scored him a near perfect 98 points.
Shortly before the competition, swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov pulled out due to illness. Podladtchikov won qualifications and may have been White’s biggest threat in tonight’s competition. “He texted me and apologized before the event.” White said about Podladtchikov’s absence. “I know how hard it is to have to drop out, I like riding with Iouri. He pushes me.” He added.
Although the Swiss threat was unavailable to compete against Shaun,14 year old X Games rookie Ayumu Hirano won si