- Melissa Larsen, General Editor, Action Sports
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Shaun White has been confirmed to compete in both Slopestyle and SuperPipe at Winter X 15 later this month. White has been coming to Winter X since 2001 and competing and medaling in both events since 2002. To date, he has won a total of fifteen Winter X medals, with 10 golds divided evenly between Slopestyle and SuperPipe.
White placed first in both Slope and SuperPipe at WX 2009, but decided not to compete in Slopestyle last season in order to concentrate on halfpipe and winning Olympic Gold. White trained for the Olympic season in a private halfpipe with a foam pit, emerging with the infamous double cork that badly injured rival Kevin Pearce and changed the face of pipe competitions forever. However, while White was busy dominating almost every pipe event he entered last year, some landmark events went down in the world of slopestyle snowboarding.
Torstein Horgmo, who won the Breckenridge Dew Tour slopestyle event in December and is arguably the man to beat, landed the first triple cork this summer. And guys like Air & Style Beijing winner Sebastian Toutant have been busy adding every double cork 10 and 12 variation under the sun to their trick repertoires. Meanwhile, White spent his summer skateboarding -- competing at the X Games (where he won silver) and the Dew Tour (where he won three out of four events) -- which he followed up this fall with a promo tour for his new skateboarding video game.
White has more Winter X slopestyle medals than any other competitor in WX history -- eight total, while runners up Kevin Jones and Andreas Wiig are tied at four each -- but whether he can strap in after a year of no training and dominate in Slope as easily as he does in Pipe remains to be seen. If he pulls it off, he'll be the first competitor in X Games history to four-peat in two disciplines. Slopestyle just might be the competition to watch this year.
Shaun White confirmed for both Slopestyle and SuperPipe competitions at Winter X 15.