Thursday, February 18, 2010

'Couver Town Recaps: Half the Pipe, Double The Gold!

(After winning gold. Shaun White gets hugs from teammate Scotty Lago who won the bronze. White described the Olympics as "heavy" and his celebration with Lago as "“Saucy. Keep it weird.” He rules.)

How awesome was Shaun White last night in the Half Pipe? SO AWESOME! Seriously, the dude was unstoppable. On an evening where most boarders couldn't complete both of their runs in the finals, White scored two massive passes. His first run which scored a 46.8 out of 50.0 wound up being enough for gold. White understandably celebrated with his team at the top of the pipe before his second run, when he knew the title was secured. Then the camera and the microphone stayed on him and his coach for a long while as they debated what he should do with the run ahead of him that didn't need to count for anything. It's at this point that I should point out to NBC that if they don't want to apologize for people cursing on air, then they should stop recording their personal conversations. But to sum up, White's coach wanted him to go out there and really impress everyone, even with nothing on the line. White obliged and unleashed his newest and craziest move which is technically called the Double McTwist 1260, but which White likes to think of as the Tomahawk. It involves two flips and like three twists. It's hard to describe and looks physically impossible to complete. You need to see it for yourself. Go to the Olympics website and watch it over and over again. In completing the Double McTwist 1260, White had a run that earned him an even higher winning score than he previously had - 48.4! only 1.6 points away from perfection!

Shaun White has long been the face of Snowboarding and he continues to live up to the hype. The moves he comes up with continue to advance the sport and impressive everyone with his dedication to the sport. These back to back golds in Torin and Vancouver are much deserved. Truly outstanding! Go Team USA!

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