Tuesday, January 31, 2012

All the White Moves

A few weeks ago, I watched Friends With Benefits starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. If you've ever seen the flick, you know that a certain artist formally known as The Flying Tomato (Shaun White, if you have no idea what I'm talking about) plays a small role as a would-be wooer of Kunis's character.

Let's just say, I will never look at Shaun White in the same way again. Cause, let's be real....that's scary.

But on Sunday, White had the role of a lifetime as he became the first ever person to score a perfect 100 in a X-Game's Super Pipe run. Although he had already wrapped up the title after his initial put down, White chose to take the unsafe route and throw back-to-back double corks....another first in X-Games history.

What makes the feat more impressive is that up until the competition started, it was unsure whether or not the flame-haired superstar would even compete. After withdrawing from the slopestyle event on Friday with a sprained ankle, Shaun was a no-show for the super pipe practice.

Oh, you thought I was hurt? Think again suckas!

The victory also marked White as a 5-peat champion, tying Snowboard cross-er Nate Holland as the only X-Gamers to win that many times in the same sport.

Not that any of this should come as a surprise. Sure, White's....shall we say..."tough guy swag" was embellished dramatically for the movies ( I think, anyway). However, this is the kid who built his own custom, private half-pipe in the back country of Colorado.  And honestly, that's pretty bad-ass.

For a 25 year-old, having 2 Olympic Golds, 5 Winter Game Golds, multiple endorsement deals, and the first ever perfect score is the mark of someone making all the right moves.

So JT, you better recognize. Or Shaun White will crush your earlobes.

Image provided by washingtonpost.


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