5 Reasons Why Shaun White Will Continue Winter Olympics Dominance in 2014

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5 Reasons Why Shaun White Will Continue Winter Olympics Dominance in 2014

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Nathan Bilow-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games are right around the corner, and here at Rant Sports we can’t wait for them to get underway. There is no better time of year than to be united as a nation and cheer on our country while it takes on the world in something we all love and can relate to – sports.

One of our athletes representing the United States has been in his particular sport since the age of six. He has won countless competitions and competed in several X-Games while completely obliterating his competition and setting records along the way. This year, there is talk that he may have something – yet again – that has never been done in the Olympic Games.

Shaun White, U.S. professional snowboarder, will be competing in his usual event, the halfpipe. But, he will also be taking on a brand new event that will be introduced in Sochi for the first time in Olympic history: Slopestyle Snowboarding. This event features the snowboarder going through a series of jumps and rails while essentially completing the most quality tricks along the way.

In the last two Olympic Games, White has competed in the halfpipe and took home the gold medal on both occasions. These games, however, may be a bit different. White has endured recent ankle injuries and comes into this competition a little more banged up than he did in years past. All signs point to White being healthy by the start of the games, but how will he fare in the new event? How will he fare in the comfortable confines of the halfpipe?

My answer? Just fine. Here are five reasons why White will continue his dominance in the Winter Olympics.

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5. Been There, Done That

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White has been here before and absolutely dominated. In the Vancouver Olympic Games back in 2010, White knew he was the champion before he even took his final run in the halfpipe, because nobody else could touch his score from his previous run. Even then, White felt he needed to compete against himself nonetheless and finished with a record score of 48.4.

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4. Experienced Professional

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White has been on a snowboard longer than most. At the age of seven, he took part in his first amateur competition. At the age of 13, he became one of the youngest athletes ever to sign with a major equipment supplier (Burton) and officially become a recognized professional in the sport.

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3. Healthy Ankles

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Having battled a couple of ankle injuries, White was still able to qualify for the games. He has had enough time to heal up and should be a healthy ‘go’ come February.

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2. The Double McTwist 1260

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The last time White graced the Olympic stage, he pulled off a move that nobody else had ever done before: The Double McTwist 1260. What is a Double McTwist 1260? It involves two vertical flips and three and a half spins. This was the move that earned him a record-breaking final score four years ago. Will he pull it off again? Or, will he go even bigger this year?

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1. The Double Cork 1440

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Mr. White may just debut a new trick he pulled off last year on a video he posted online, called the Double Cork 1440. You thought the Double McTwist 1260 was insane? Oh, you just wait my friend.


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