Shaun White: Previewing the Flying Tomato's Slopestyle and SuperPipe Finals

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 25, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White takes a practice run prior to the final as he went on to win 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, once again, has two finals to focus on at the Winter X Games—the SuperPipe and Slopestyle. For the first time since 2009, White has qualified for the finals in both events and will be looking to bring home two gold medals.

In 2003, 2006 and 2009, White won gold in both events. In 2002, 2007 and 2008, he medaled in both events. Come Saturday and Sunday, White will be looking to add to his total of 17 medals at the Winter X Games. 


Slopestyle Finals—Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Before he dominated SuperPipe, White was dominating Slopestyle. He's back in the finals for the first time since 2009, when he won gold. Since then, he's only competed in the event once. He failed to advance to the finals in 2011.

White finished seventh in qualifying out of the eight that advanced. He finished with a score of 67.33 on his first run to see him through. On his second run, White finished with a score of 32.66 with his first run strong enough to get him into the finals on Saturday.

After the eliminators, the favorite in the event has to be Mark McMorris, who posted the top score of 88.66. Peetu Piiroinen finished the event with a score of 81.33, and will also contend. White will need to pull out some massive tricks, possibly even the triple cork. 

 SuperPipe Finals—Sunday, Jan. 27, 9:45 p.m. - 11 p.m.

This event concludes the 2013 X Games, and White will surely be looking to end the games with a dazzling run. White will look to win his sixth consecutive gold in the event and somehow follow up his perfect run from last year's finals. 

White finished his first run in SuperPipe eliminators with a score of 87.00. His mark stood as the top run until Iouri Podladtchikov topped it with a score of 87.33 on the second-to-last run of the evening. Having already qualified, White declined to do any tricks and finished his second run with a score of 1.33. 

While there doesn't seem to be much competition for White, Podladtchikov and Scotty Lago will likely fight for silver, barring unseen events during White's run. This should be another gold medal for White, as he's simply at another level in this event.