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Thursday, February 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Shaun White McTwists to Gold Medal

By the time that Team USA snowboarder Shaun White was ready to use his Double McTwist 1260, a move he has perfected over the last year, the Gold Medal was in his hands. That didn't stop him from taking one last run and pulling the trick move out.

After Team USA teammate Lago fell in his final run, White's position on the podium was guaranteed. Lago would end up with the Bronze at the 2010 Olympics, White with the Gold.

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Shaun White had the trick in the bag, along with an Olympic gold medal.

Might as well go for it, right?

Putting on a show when he hardly needed to, White capped his sensational night on the halfpipe with his signature move Wednesday -- the dangerous, spiraling Double McTwist 1260 during a victory lap that will go down as nothing short of epic.

"I wanted a victory lap that would be remembered," White said. "I achieved that."

The redheaded shredder scored a 48.4 on the final run, even though he was already assured of defending his Olympic title with a score of 46.8 on his first trip. Getting ready to close the night, he debated with his coaches for a minute, then made the decision.

Showtime! To the delight of cheering fans, he jerked his body around to milk the last half of the 3 1/2 twists he crams into two head-over-heels flips.[....continue reading...]

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