Golden Boy: Oakley’s Shaun White Reclaims Skateboard Vert Glory at X Games 17
Gold Medals can’t evade Shaun White for too long.
Oakley’s multi-sport superstar, fresh off yet another Superpipe Gold at Winter X, finally reclaimed the elusive Skateboard Vert Gold on Saturday – snatching the victory from the three-year grasp of Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
But this one was far from being over…until the very last second.
Incredible drama unfolded as the Final heat smashed into action – with the two favorites battling head to head.
Shaun’s early run – racking up a solid 89.33 – was quickly clipped by a few huge runs from PLG, who quickly claimed the lead and held it for most of the session. It seemed insurmountable for many of the global fans watching the action on the broadcast and the nervous bunch on hand at Nokia Center. Then again, when is it ever a good idea to doubt Shaun White?
The very last run of the contest saw the O star throw down a 720, to body varial 540, to heelside body varial 540 combo for a huge score of 93 to claim Vert Glory – sending the crowd and industry personalities alike…into a frenzy.
“I just wanted to put this down for all the fans that came out,” said Shaun, who recently and fittingly unveiled his Gold Signature Series Holbrook collection. “I’ve been working so hard to get this going this season. After that seven I landed I had so much energy that I said “I’m making this happen.” This is the second time I’ve ever won summer X Games, so I’m beside myself.”
Once again, Shaun displayed why he’s one of the most versatile athletes on the planet. Congratulations from the entire Oakley family!
Peep the winning run below: