Shaun White shakes off bail to win 2014 Mammoth Grand Prix slopestyle #4
All Photos: Chris Wellhausen
After a Cab 1260 to scorpion during the third Grand Prix slopestyle at Mammoth Thursday morning, Shaun White shook the bail off and came back to win the fourth Grand Prix stop in the afternoon. The contests were spaced just two and a half hours apart making it a grueling day, but the extra event was added to make up for the cancelled Breckenridge Grand Prix last week. The move ensured that there were still five events to help pick the best possible US Olympic team. To select the team coaches look at a rider's two highest results out of the five event qualifying series.
The victory moved Shaun from second in the US Olympic slopestyle team rankings to first. As the highest ranked US rider at the Copper Grand Prix slopestyle he now has two top scores, which should lock down his spot on the US Olympic slopestyle team.
Shaun seemed relieved as he rode away from a stomped first that earned him a 95.20. "I was pretty messed up this morning," he said about his earlier bail. "I didn't really see that coming. I went down and got some food and some medicine and I knew that's all I had in me was this run."
Shaun's run started like this: a hardway Cab 450 on the kink rail, gap frontside 270 on the flat down, and frontside boardslide to fakie on the shotgun rail. Lining up for the jumps Shaun got his switch backside 1080, followed by the Cab double cork 1260 that he fell on earlier, and finished with a backside 1080 double cork. He did not take his second run.
Without Shaun to defend his score the door seemed to be open for riders like Sage Kotsenburg or Chas Guldemond but neither could put together a run to beat Shaun.
Sage Kotsenburg picked up another second place with a first run that was nearly identical to the one he put down during the morning finals, which also got him second place. His run included tech rail moves like a gap backside 270 on the flat down, a Cab double cork 1260, and a backside 1080 double cork nose grab.
Ryan Stassel's win earlier in the day tied him with Sage for third place in the US men's Olympic slopestyle team ranking, but Sage wasn't bummed even though there's only one event left on Saturday.
"Going into Saturday I'm just chilling man," he said. "I got two seconds today that I'm seriously so hyped on. I had the worst morning. Going into Saturday I'm just going to do the same thing I did today, have a bunch of fun, and hopefully get on the podium."
At just 16 years-old, Kyle Mack took the third spot on the podium. With an already deep bag of tricks including backside and frontside 1080s Kyle's just getting started.
Top Six US Olympic Team Men's Slopestyle Qualification Standings
Combined points from two best scores after third and fourth Grand Prix slopestyle stops
1. Shaun White: 2,000
2. Chas Guldemond: 1,800
3. Ryan Stassel: 1,600
3. Sage Kotsenburg: 1,600
5. Brandon Davis: 1,100
6. Kyle Mack: 920
2014 Mammoth Grand Prix Finals #4 Results
1. Shaun White
2. Sage Kotsenburg
3. Kyle Mack
4. Ryan Stassel
5. Brett Moody
6. Eric Beauchemin
7. Nik Baden
8. Gabe Ferguson
9. Justin Morgan
10. Chas Guldemond
11. Spencer Link
12. Brandon Davis
13. Ian Thorely