Shaun White proved today that his victory at the first stop of U.S. Snowboarding's Grand Prix series at Copper Mountain back in December was no fluke, sailing to the top qualifying spot at stop two of the series at Mammoth Mountain, with young gun Greg Bretz on his heels in second.
White impressed the judges - and everybody else, for that matter - with a frontside air to backside 540, frontside double cork 1080, Cab double cork 1080, frontside 720 and a Cab 1080 in his second run to earn high marks.
White has been dominating this season, focused on securing a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team. If he can lock up another victory here in Mammoth, his represtation of the U.S. in Vancouver will be virtually assured.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Bretz wowed his hometown crowd with a backside 900, frontside 1080, a Cab1080 and a frontside double cork 1080. Bretz finished 6th at Copper Mountain last month, and is looking for his own ticket to Vancouver.
"I'm stoked to be at home shredding," Bretz said. "I'm just doing my thing and having fun."
Halfpipe finals take place on Wednesday at 1 p.m. MT; for more info, check the U.S. Snowboarding site here.