American professional snowboarder Shaun White concluded his impressive run at the United States Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado, on Saturday by clinching the title, registering a perfect score in the process.
He won the event after an astonishing perfect 100 score – the second championship overall in his pro career - and thereby secured a place in Team USA for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, scheduled to be held in February.
Watch the action unfold in the video further down this article.
The two-time Olympic goal medallist’s winning move included a mighty 1440 double cork on the first hit, alongside two more 1260 double corks, one being on the last hit.
The event itself didn’t witness any rider scoring in the 90s until the final five runs.
Jake Pates, who won the Dew Tour in December, scored 94 to move to the top, while James surpassed it with a switch backside 1260 on his last hit to score 96.25.
Japan's 16-year-old youngster Yuto Totsuka narrowly edged Pates with 94.5.
However, it didn’t go according to plan for White early on as he crashed on his first run.
The 31-year-old then delivered his signature amplitude and used his progressive riding skills to outlast his rivals.
Watch White's perfect performance in the video below.
He's made it look so easy.
The win for White, as well as the Olympic qualification, in such remarkable fashion comes after recent struggle with injuries he suffered in October 2017.
White needed 62 stitches and also bruised his lungs after the accident, later taking to social media, posting on Instagram about his condition.
The fourth and final snowboard halfpipe selection contest for the Olympics is set for next weekend in Mammoth Mountain in California.
All eyes will now be on the Winter Olympics, that starts early next month. Bring on the action, and hopefully more perfect scores from the halfpipes!
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