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White wrecks on Double McTwist 1260

Updated: January 30, 2010, 8:14 AM ET
Associated Press

ASPEN, Colo. -- Shaun White's face smacked against the halfpipe, his neck snapped back and his helmet popped off and flew 15 feet in the air.

A sick wreck in practice Friday night that will be replayed and remembered -- maybe even longer than his comeback an hour later that earned the world's best halfpipe rider a third straight Winter X Games title.

"I've paid my dues for that trick," White said. "But it's worth it."

Still, it was a frighteningly close call with the Olympics ...

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