Shaun White Will Begin Dominance of Slopestyle at X Games

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 23, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White takes the podium for the goal medal in the men's snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White earned his fifth consecutive gold medal in the event and scored a perfect 100 points on his final run.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Shaun White is ready to extend the dominance he's shown on the Superpipe to Slopestyle. 

White used to rule Slopestyle. He has eight X Games Slopestyle medals in his career and five of those are gold.

However, he moved away from the event. His last medal in the event came in 2009, which was followed by him taking two years from the competition.  

He competed in Slopestyle at the 2011 X Games, but the rust was evident, and White did not even qualify for the finals. 

It was not just rust that left White staring up at the competition either. The competition had wildly improved. A fresh young crop of young riders were beginning to take over the competition. 

Mark McMorris, 19, is the most prevalent of the dynamic youngsters. As an X Games rookie in 2011, McMorris took home the silver. He followed that up with an even better performance last year as he took home the gold in the event to go along with the gold in the Snowboard Big Air competition. 

It appears as if White has accepted the challenge of knocking McMorris from his perch atop the Slopestyle world. This is also just in time for White to compete for the gold in this event in the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

White has gone to work, perfecting his form in Slopestyle, and we can all be assured he will not look rusty this time around. 

To get a taste of what we can expect, White pulled a triple cork. Check it out:

No one has ever attempted a triple cork in slopestyle competition, and White certainly appears poised to not just attempt it but land it.

It's not like the legend is going to wilt in the face of the pressure. 

White is used to the bright lights and big expectations. He has mastered those circumstances to pull out his best performances. 

McMorris has proven he can also handle the pressure. However, this time, he is the one entering the competition with huge expectations and the one everyone is gunning for. 

Whether he can successfully handle the pressure or not will be of no consequence to White. He will put up a performance that no one else can touch.