Winter X Games 16 Results: Shaun White's Latest Gold Solidifies His Legacy
Shaun White won his sixth-straight gold medal in the SuperPipe at the Winter X Games. After a perfect score of 100.0 last year, coming back and winning his 13th gold medal solidifies White's legacy.
It would seem that last year's historic score on the SuperPipe would have been enough, but coming back and delivering another incredible run showed a lot about White.
Following his Winter X Games 15 success, White's presence in the media wasn't quite at the level of his snowboarding.
Back in September, White was arrested and charged with vandalism and public intoxication after an incident in a Nashville hotel. The public relations nightmare put a scar on White's reputation that he's been trying to overcome since.
Heading into this year's X Games, White cut his hair and had the charges dropped. He delivered some great runs in the SuperPipe, finishing with a 98.00 to earn him gold once again.
Equally impressive as White's run was his renewed spirit (via XGames.ESPN.com):
I don't think I've ever been more focused and more in tune with what I'm doing physically as well as mentally. Six years, that's pretty heavy. It's going to be more uncomfortable next year when I'm going for the seventh. I like it; it's a pretty humbling title to hold. I'm proud.
White's ability to come back this year with a new attitude and dominate the SuperPipe was remarkable. He's turned the corner from the arrest and looks ready to hold on to being the world's best snowboarder.
His snowboarding ability and records were never in question. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has brought more to snowboard than perhaps anybody ever has. That part of his legacy has been set in stone for quite some time.
The resiliency White showed in earning this gold medal is a new facet of White's legacy. During his sparkling career, he hasn't faced a ton of adversity. This year he faced it and came out looking very strong.
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