American legendary snowboarder Shaun White stamped his authority at Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2013 yet again.
The 26-year-old defending champion put on an outstanding performance to steal the show during the final that took place at the Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, in Sunday, January 27.
After raising the bar really high in his very first run, which scored a 95.00, White went on to land his winning run, scoring a 98.00 for his efforts. The run was identical to the one that earned him a perfect 100 last year to earn him the gold medal and went on to land him on top of the podium yet again this year.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more focused and more in tune with what I’m doing physically as well as mentally,” said White, a crossover star who has 15 X Games gold medals between snowboarding and skateboarding, including eight in SuperPipe. “Six years, that’s pretty heavy. It’s going to be more uncomfortable next year when I’m going for the seventh. I like it; it’s a pretty humbling title to hold. I’m proud.”
Japanese eighth-grader Ayumu Hirano surprised everyone by putting on a mesmerising second run to post a 92.33 on the scoreboard, thus taking home the silver medal.
Finland’s Markus Malin finished in third place after scoring a 91.33 off his second run, finding a spot on the podium and consequently securing the bronze medal.