Shaun White already ‘X-cited’ for Sochi Olympics
By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer January 28, 2013 11:40AM
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
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.