Shaun White pulled a repeat as Olympic champion when he took first place and won gold in the halfpipe competition in Vancouver Wednesday evening. It was Shaun Whites gold medal to lose from the beginning but after stomping his first run with a score of 46.8 it was clear that Shaun did not come to the Olympics to play nice.
After the qualifications Shaun White was in first with his run of 46.8 with Scotty Lago holding down second place with a score of 42.8 and Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov in third with a score of 42.4. All going to the finals it was now time for them to gather their bearings, get to the top of the pipe and do it all again.
As the finals began you could feel the excitement just jumping out of the television as all the riders prepared to make their mark on Vancouver and the Olympics. In a daring and intense showing of progression and skill Shaun White absolutely killed it with a score of 48.4 making his run one of the best halfpipe runs of the year. Coming in second with a score of 45.0 was Peetu Piiroinen from Finland claiming a silver medal. Scotty Lago representing the United States earned himself the Bronze medal with a score of 42.8 making it a 2/3 United States showing for medals.
Two more Americans competed in the halfpipe contest including Dancing with the stars favorite Louie Vito whom scored a 39.4 to secure a 5th place finish and 20 year old Greg Bretz who finished 12th with a score of 18.3. Vito threw down a sick run but was outgunned by the top 4 while Greg Bretz took some falls during his runs but stayed positive in the contest. Bretz at only 20 years old is definitely one to keep eyes on as he progresses.
It is amazing to see snowboarding on the Olympics and to watch the progression of todays best riders in the world spotlight. Some of those state that snowboarding does not belong in the Olympics and that there needs to be a “real” sport in it spot. The only thing I can think of is that those who speak negatively of snowboarding in the Olympics must not have watched any of the runs from Vancouver and most definitely have never strapped in to a board to ride down a mountain. It is with the utmost respect and honor that we congratulate Shaun White, Scotty Lago, Louie Vito, Greg Bretz and all those who competed in the halfpipe contest in Vancouver.