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X Games 2012: Shaun White Cements Status as Greatest Ever with First Perfect Run

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White celebrates as he 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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Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2012

Shaun White cemented his status as the greatest X Games pipe snowboarder and possibly the best rider of all-time last night.

The 25-year-old won his fifth consecutive gold medal in Snowboard SuperPipe and managed to record the first perfect score in X Games history during his “victory” lap.

Colin Bane of described the 100-point run in detail.

[The run] included a massive 18-foot backside air, a fronstside double cork 1080, a Cab double cork 1080, a frontside stalefish 540, a double McTwist 1260 and the frontside double cork 1260. White is officially the only person to have ever landed a frontside double cork 1260 in competition.

Those moves are all extremely impressive and the frontside double cork 1260 was the one that put this run over the top and made it legendary.

The judges had no choice but to acknowledge his perfection for having the guts to perform extremely challenging tricks and even bust out ones that have never been done in competition.

The craziest thing is that White was lucky to even compete in the event last night.

According to Bane, the gold medalist had to pull out of the Slopestyle event earlier this week with a left ankle sprain.

He used it as motivation for his epic run.

“I came here on a mission: I couldn't compete in Slope and it kind of broke me.” Said White. “I didn't know what to do. I was sitting around icing my ankle wondering if I could even ride tonight, and I kind of took out a little bit of that anxiety and anger that I couldn't compete in Slope in the pipe tonight."

White is hoping to top his perfect score and continue to add gold medals to his five-peat at next year’s X Games and well into the future. He’s going to be a major factor in the snowboarding world for years to come and will continue to add to his legend with perfect runs like the one he pulled off on Sunday.  

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