After finishing second to Danny Davis at Mammoth Mountain today, Shaun White admitted that the Grand Prix event was the "heaviest contest" he'd ever been involved in.
But the 23-year-old Olympic champion, who finished ahead of third-placed Scotty Lago, is vowing not to give up as he bids to book his place on the U.S. Team for next month's Winter Games in Vancouver.
“There was some great riding," he said. "This was by far the heaviest contest I've ever been in, and being at the top with one run to go, I pulled the trigger and went for it, never surrender.”
White, who won the first qualifying event in Colorado last month, is well placed to make the U.S. Team along with Davis, who set the pace in both runs in California, performing a landmark three double corks on his second run.
White's Red Bull teammate Greg Bretz, who qualified in second behind Shaun yesterday, finished 6th overall, matching his Copper Mountain Grand Prix result last month.
With the remaining three Olympic qualifiers scheduled for this month, starting with another event at Mammoth Mountain this weekend, White does not have long to wait to find out if he has done enough to be selected. For more on the Grand Prix, visit the official site.
2010 Sprint U.S. SNOWBOARDING GRAND PRIX Results
Mammoth Mountain, California
1. Danny Davis (Detroit, MI) 49.20
2. Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) 46.20
3. Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH) 45.00
4. Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) 45.00
5. Elijah Teter (South Lake Tahoe, CA) 44.90
6. Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) 44.50
7. Jeff Bachelor (Canada) 43.50
8. Mathieu Crepel (France) 43.00
9. JJ Thomas (Golden, CO) 41.30
10. Jack Mitrani (Mammoth Mountain, CA) 40.30