White Takes 1st In Qualifiers

Shaun White

Shaun White continued his tear towards the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games today as he rode to insane 49.5 in his second run. This was the closest to a perfect score in the history of the US Grand Prix.

With ideal conditions for an early season superpipe at Copper Mountain Resort and some much needed sunlight, the men began hammering there runs on the twenty-two footer at 9am sharp for Heat #1.

This heat highlighted Oakley’s teen session and total ripper Charles Reid owning the pipe and posting a 44.3 score. Reid just learned riding contest superpipe last year and since then has set the standard as Canada’s best hope for a medal in Vancouver this February.

Local boy and young upstart Zach Black threw down in Heat #2 and scored himself a shot at the podium on Saturday with a super smooth run in his final drop to make finals.

Heat #3 was stacked to say the very least with Shaun leading the charge, but also making finals from Heat #3 from Oakley was Dustin Craven, Greg Bretz and JJ Thomas.

“Oakley snowboarding showed the world what is awaiting them at the Vancouver Winter Olympics this February,” said Oakley Global Snowboard Sports Marketing Manager Matty Swanson. "With Shaun White qualifying first this weekend at the US Grand Prix, he took advantage of the Colorado blue skies and perfect superpipe conditions. Shaun and the Oakley snowboard team were using Oakley’s High Definition Optics in their A Frame, Crowbar and Splice goggles.”

In the end the brand represented with several other top Olympic hopefuls who just missed making the finals in Kevin Pearce (check out his feature in Sports Illustrated), Kazuhiro Kokubo, Kohhei Kudoh, Matt Ladley, Trevor Jacob, Ben Watts, Stale Sandbech and Gary Zebrowski.