X Games 2013 Recap

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So I shouldn’t quit my day job and become a bookie, my prediction was wrong.  Though Shaun was trying his damndest and landing triple-corks at slope-style practice, he was not able to transform that into a win in the finals.  In fact, he came in 5th and fell pretty embarrassingly twice.  (Though for what it’s worth, everyone was falling because the light conditions sucked on Friday afternoon.)

I began to fear…”Is it the haircut? What if it’s the haircut??”

Such that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the superpipe final on Sunday night (ESPN’s fascist streaming video policies didn’t help any, either.)  I was that worried.  Stupid me.  I should have known — Shaun would be hating himself for his very public failure at slopestyle, and when Shaun gets mad, magic happens.

I woke up this morning to news of a 6th straight SuperPipe win AND a new record for the highest airborne height ever achieved by an athlete in that event: 24 feet, 1 inch.  Besting his own record by a whole foot.  Fox was indeed flying.  Watch:

There’s a whole year to go until the Olympics.  He will keep working on the mountain, but until then Shaun White still owns the sky.

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