Shaun White captured his fourth straight superpipe crown at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., holding off Scotty Lago by performing his signature trick, a difficult and dangerous maneuver only few can do.
White, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, cemented the win on his second run last night, pulling out the Double McTwist 1260 in which he launches himself, then does two head-over-heels flips and 3 1/2 rotations.
That was good enough to overtake Lago, who led after the first run despite competing with a broken jaw. Louie Vito was third.
“I saw Lago just destroying it,’’ White told the ESPN broadcast. “I figured it was all or nothing. I knew I needed to stick the best run and went for it.’’
Men’s downhill — Ivica Kostelic erased a massive deficit in the slalom leg to win a World Cup super-combined race in Chamonix, France, clinching the discipline title and extending his lead in the overall standings with his seventh victory this month.
Bode Miller, Benjamin Raich, and Carlo Janka were among the top skiers who skipped the Chamonix races ahead of the world championships that begin in Germany Feb 8.
Women’s downhill — A snowstorm and thick fog in Sestriere, Italy, forced organizers to call off both the downhill and super-combined World Cup races.
Men’s ski jump — Severin Freund won a large hill event in Willingen, Germany, for his second career ski jump World Cup victory. Freund had the day’s longest jump of 143.5 meters in the first round and finished with 289.1 points. Martin Koch was 2.2 points behind, followed by two-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann.
Men’s luge — Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won the doubles in Cesana, Italy, to add the world championship to their Olympic and European titles. The Austrians finished ahead of Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber, while Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Sics won bronze. The team relay was canceled due to technical problems.
Men’s bobsled — Edgars Maskalans of Latvia won a four-man bobsled World Cup event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for his first victory of the season. Olympic champion Steven Holcomb remains second in the standings after piloting United States 1 into eighth place.