Danny Davis takes Superpipe Finals at Winter X Games 2015
Danny Davis earned back-to-back gold medals in Superpipe at X Games 2015 in Aspen, Colorado, edging Shaun White out of podium contention and squashing his hopes for a triumphant return to the pipe.
Davis stomped under pressure on his third and final run, which was the last and highest scoring run of the night. He earned a 93.66 for a plethora of tricks including a backside 720 nose grab to switch method to Cab 1080, proving style and technicality reigned supreme.
“I actually think this is the first thing I have ever done back-to-back,” said Davis following the event. “It is a good feeling man, you feel accomplished. It feels like a good accomplishment. It means I am snowboarding well and I landed a lot of runs today. That is a good feeling,” he continued.
DANNY DAVIS’S WINNING RUN
White’s winning ways and consistency waned as he was unable to cleanly land any of his three runs in finals. This was White’s first competitive snowboard event since his lackluster performance in Sochi where he also placed fourth. White had a solid showing at pipe practice on Tuesday evening, but was unable to deliver the same performance tonight.
It was unknown whether or not White would complete until Wednesday afternoon, where he came into the press conference with assured bravado.
“I always carry a certain expectation in my mind at any event, that’s never changed,” said Shaun White, who has eight X Games gold under his belt. “I show up and want to do the best I can, and obviously doing well this year at X Games would be great. It’d be a nice refresh after everything that happened at the Olympics.”
Fourth place was surely not the “refresher” White had hoped for, as this was the first X Games Superpipe since 2007 that he didn’t podium. It will be interesting to see if, and when, White will return to competitive snowboarding with in the face of this latest result.
Landing in second on the X Superpipe podium was Japanese young gun Taku Hiraoka who placed second. Hiraoka was the bronze medalist in the Sochi 2014 Olympic pipe event. Sochi gold medalist, Iouri “Ipod” Podladtchikov, took third.
TAKU HIRAOKA 2nd PLACE RUN
“This means so much because I am not even two months out of ankle surgery,” Ipod said after the event. “When I was looking at everyone having a blast at the start of the season, going out there riding, I was so jealous. I can’t believe I am back this quick and this feels so amazing.”
IOURI PODLADTCHIKOV’S 3rd PLACE RUN
It was the coldest superpipe final in recent history with the temperatures hovering at eight degrees for the entirety of the evening. Despite the frigid temps, over 16,000 spectators turned out for the event, setting the bar high for the rest of the contests this week.
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