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X Games star White vows to step up creativity

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Silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan and gold medalist Shaun White of the U.S. address the media after the men's snowboard superpipe final at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Aspen, Colo. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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By The Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, 7:32 p.m.

ASPEN, Colo. — Shaun White already soars higher in the superpipe than everyone else and lands complicated tricks with an ease that draws admiration from even his opponents.

Yet he's not satisfied. Never is, really. Keep progressing — that's his maxim.

White turned in a nearly flawless winning performance in the superpipe at the Winter X Games on Sunday night and then quickly vowed to step up his game.

So much work to do. So little time left before the Sochi Olympics next winter.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is always looking to stay ahead of the competition, especially when the field includes 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.” Only one problem: White isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Well, besides back to the drawing board to make his innovative routine more creative.

“A lot of things I'm doing this season I hope are just outdated by the next season,” said White, who was decked out in an all-black ensemble for his night in the superpipe. That's why he's taking a hiatus from skateboarding, his other passion.

He's got to perfect some new maneuvers in the pipe and iron out his glitches in slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut next winter.

 

 
 


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