Shaun White's path of X Games domination
With the first perfect SuperPipe run score in X Games history and 24 collective X Games medals in three separate disciplines (Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Vert Skateboarding), Shaun White is not only one of the most dominant competitors in the X Games, he's one of the most dominant action sports athletes of all time.
White entered his first Slopestyle event at Winter X Games in 2001 and has earned, to date, eight X Games medals in the discipline. Here White warms up on the Slopestyle course at the 2007 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., where he finished behind Andreas Wiig and Kevin Pearce to take bronze.
X Games Aspen 2012
White's airs in the Snowboard SuperPipe are 3-4 feet higher than the field of competition he's up against. Here, White stretches a massive backside air during practice at Winter X Games Aspen 2012. He took gold in the event later in the week.
White is not just a force to be reckoned with in snowboarding. He's equally as formidable on a skateboard. Competing in Skateboard Vert since 2003, White has medaled five times in the event. This is a heelside frontflip air at X Games 14 in Los Angeles.
X Games Aspen 2009
Shaun White, backside rodeo on his way to winning his last X Games Aspen gold medal in Slopestyle, back in 2009.
White's victory was clinched on the first run of the Men's Snowboard SuperPipe finals at X Games Aspen in 2012. However, he returned to the top of the pipe for a victory lap, and walked away with a perfect 100 score -- and a five-peat.
The battle for gold in Skateboard Vert frequently pits White against Pierre-Luc Gagnon. In 2010 (pictured here), Gagnon edged out White for X Games gold. A year later, White returned to claim the gold medal over Gagnon.
In March 2012, White traveled to Tignes, France, for Winter X Games Europe. On his first run of the night, he claimed the high score in Men's Snowboard SuperPipe finals and took the gold medal wth ease.
In White's first appearance at X Games Tignes in 2012, he walked away with gold medals in both Slopestyle and SuperPipe. Not a bad week's work. Will he continue his double-gold streak in Aspen in 2013? We'll all have to wait to see.