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Shaun White already ‘X-cited’ for Sochi Olympics

Shaun White reacts after winning gold men's snowboard superpipe final for sixth year row Winter X Games Sunday Jan. 27

Shaun White reacts after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT

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ASPEN, Colo. — Shaun White turned in a nearly flawless performance in the superpipe at the Winter X Games on Sunday night and then quickly vowed to step up his game even more for the Sochi Olympics next winter.

The best snowboarder around just isn’t satisfied.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is always looking to stay ahead of the competition, especially when the field includes up-and-comers such as Ayumu Hirano, a 14-year-old from Japan who just may be the next Shaun White.

Shortly after locking up his sixth straight title at Winter X, White gushed about the teenager who finished runner-up, saying he thinks Hirano has an “amazing future” in front of him.

Only one problem: White isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.



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