Watch: Shaun White scores perfect 100 in halfpipe to win Snowmass Grand Prix
Eagle teenager Jake Pates secures spot on Team USA for PyeongChang
Shaun White scored just the second perfect, 100-point run in snowboarding halfpipe history on Saturday to win the Toyota Grand Prix at Snowmass.
After qualifying in the top spot but standing in ninth in the 10-rider field after his first two runs, White was the last rider to go in the event. He threw down a final run that included a double-cork 1440 (four complete rotations), then a 1080, a booming frontside 540 and finished with back-to-back 1260s.
As soon as he landed the second 1260, the 31-year-old White threw his arms up in celebration. He secured his fourth trip to the Olympics with Saturday’s win.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) January 13, 2018
The only other perfect score in men’s halfpipe was when White put down a 100-point run at the 2012 X Games in Aspen. (Chloe Kim scored a 100 in 2016 at Park City, Utah.)
At the 2012 X Games, that was the year White debuted his newest trick at the time: a frontside double-cork 1260. He crashed hard on the deck in his second run that year, but standing atop the pipe he already had secured the gold with a 94-point first run.
Australian Scotty James, who was in last place going into his final run Saturday, vaulted into second with a 96.25 on his third time down. Yuto Totsuka from Japan was third Saturday with a 94.5.
After Saturday’s competition, Team USA officials said that Eagle teenager Jake Pates and Ben Ferguson of Oregon also secured spots for the Olympic halfpipe squad.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) January 13, 2018
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