Winter X Games 2012: Shaun White Raises Bar Again After Superpipe Perfect Score

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2012

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White takes the podium for the goal medal in the men's snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White earned his fifth consecutive gold medal in the event and scored a perfect 100 points on his final run.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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We've always been told nobody's perfect, but Shaun White has never been one to follow the status quo.

The extreme sports star raised the bar once against with a perfect run in Snowboard Superpipe at the X Games. He's the first person in event history to score all 100 possible points, further cementing his legacy as one of the greatest snowboarders ever.

It is White's fifth straight win in the event and 11th Winter X Games gold medal overall. He continues to be the face of extreme sports in the United States and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially after yesterday's epic performance.

While there was some concern heading into the run that White's bothersome ankle would affect his chances of winning, once he pulled off his first trick (video above) it was clear he wasn't going to be holding back anything.

By the time he finished, there was little doubt who the winner was going to be. It just came down to what score White was going to receive, and the judges decided there wasn't a single thing to deduct for on the entire run.

The only problem with giving him a perfect score is figuring out what he can do next. White has always been one to push the envelope in an attempt to discover and create new tricks. He'll need to go back to the drawing board if he's going to one-up himself.

As a two-time Winter Olympic medalist, it continues to get harder for him to show off something people haven't seen before, but somehow he keeps doing it.

He just has to hope there isn't any “Flying Tomato” fatigue from the judges because he wins all the time. So far that hasn't happened.

All told, there are few athletes as dominant at their sport as White is in snowboarding. If a perfect score doesn't prove that point, nothing will. Every time it seems like the crowd might be catching up to him, he'll put on a show like he did on Sunday night to separate himself once again.

Enjoy his brilliance while it lasts, because there may never be another extreme sports athlete quite like him again.