Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist, talks about ‘hardest trick I’ve got in the bag now’ – Appearing on Live With Regis and Kelly Monday morning, Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White called his new signature move, the “Double McTwist 1260,” “the hardest trick I’ve got in the bag now.” The athlete brought his medal to the program to show it to hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and their New York studio audience.
After watching a clip of the trick from the Vancouver Olympics, he explained, “that trick’s hard. All the trick really relies on from the beginning is your commitment from the take-off…After the first flip, it’s a back flip at that point; when I come around, I can’t really see anything. It’s more of a feeling, an awareness in the air of where you want to be at. If you could see on the half-pipe,” he explained, “there’s these blue lines that kind of mark where you are, so you’re just looking for blue. Where’s the blue?” he laughed. As he talked, the athlete moved, twisted back, and turned in his chair, helping the audience share in the experience of the jump with him as he described it.
He said he enjoyed coming up with the trick because he used to take the tricks by others and modify them. This time, however, he said, “For the first time in my sport, I got to be a creator.” In creating tricks, he said, “You’ve got to see how you want to do it in your mind; you’ve got to picture how you’re going to twist out of it.”
The Olympian described how he trains at Park City, Utah, but this time he had the benefit of a half-pipe “built out in the wilderness” by Red Bull in a secret location called “Project X.” “The only way you can get there is snowmobile or helicopter,” he said. “It was amazing.” They even blast the area for avalanches when they go there, “’cause it was pretty dangerous.” Here is where he could develop and polish his tricks. Mr. White said, “We had a foam pit at the bottom, so I was able to throw up the tricks into the foam and then when I got comfortable with it, do it on the wall.”
Regis Philbin asked the 23-year-old whether or not he would participate in the next Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Shaun White said, “I would love to go back.” He said he still can’t get over waking up in the morning right now and thinking “I’m on the Olympics.”
The 2010 Vancouver gold medal is Mr. White’s second. He also won the gold medal in men’s halfpipe in 2006 at Torino, Italy.
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