Shaun White Will Steal the Show with Slopestyle Win

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 25, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29:  Shaun White drops in for a practice run before the finals as he went on to win the gold medal in the men's snowboard superpipe 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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For the first time since 2009, Shaun White will be competing in the slopestyle finals at this year's Winter X-Games. Hoping to cement his legacy as the X-Games' best, it's inevitable that White will steal the show.

White will also be competing in the superpipe finals. It's an event he has long since dominated—he's going for his sixth consecutive gold—and it shouldn't turn any heads when he wins.

The real fight for White will be the slopestyle, an event he last took gold in back in 2009—also his last finals appearance.

His competition in this year's final will be tough to beat.

The favorite is Canada's Mark McMorris, who took gold in last year's slopestyle. The 19-year-old took silver in 2011.

McMorris led the field in this year's qualifier, posting an 88.66. White looked solid on his first run but stumbled to the finish. He finished with a mere 67.33—still good enough to sneak into the finals.

But White has never been one to shy away from competition. He's known for pushing himself and attempting things no one else dares.

That's why he was so dominating in last year's superpipe, when White posted the event's first-ever perfect 100-point score.

White's perfect score was cemented by his pulling off of the frontside double cork 1260, which was the first time anyone had ever landed the trick.

Back into the finals for the slopestyle, you can be sure White will pull out the same stops this year. It already seems like the superstar has something up his sleeve.

While no one pulled off a triple cork in the qualifying round—a trick that's never been landed in slopestyle competition—White already landed a successful one in practice.

It would certainly be a show-stopper for White to pull off the trick and not at all surprising that he could achieve the impossible for the second year in a row.

The competitive field is tough this year, and the deck is stacked against White. But the guy has a penchant for pulling off remarkable things at the Winter X-Games.

This year will be no different, as White steals the gold—and the show—in slopestyle.