Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of next month’s Games in Vancouver by setting the highest score in the history of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.
A day after landing the first-ever double McTwist 1260 in competition to win Friday's Grand Prix event, White repeated the trick on Saturday en route to recording an unprecedented score of 49.50.
The 23-year-old from Carlsbad, California, who has now won four of the five Grand Prix events this year, reflected: "For me to put that run together tonight was unreal. It felt great.
"I wanted to push the judges to boundaries that they can go to. I know they haven't handed out a full-on perfect score yet. I'll get them."
Scotty Lago sealed his spot in the U.S. team for Vancouver alongside White and Louie Vito after finishing second at Park City with a run of 48.00.
"We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of U.S. athletes representing us in Vancouver," U.S. snowboard head coach Mike Jankowski reflected.
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2010 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Park City, Utah – Saturday Results
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 49.50
2. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 48.00
3. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 45.30
4. Gregory Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 44.80
5. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 44.20
6. Jack Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 42.30
7. Dylan Bidez, Minturn, CO, 41.30
8. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 40.60
9. Zack Black, Breckenridge, CO, 38.50
10. Broc Waring, Edwards, CO, 38.20