Shaun White wins Burton U.S. Open halfpipe |

Shaun White wins Burton U.S. Open halfpipe

Associated Pressnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Shaun White flies out of the halfpipe during at the 2013 Burton U.S. Open men's halfpipe finals at Golden Peak in Vail. White has confirmed he will participate in the 2016 Burton U.S. Open.
Dominique Taylor | The Vail Daily |

VAIL, Colorado – Shaun White has defended his title at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships, easily winning the event Saturday with a flawless performance through a sun-splashed halfpipe.White went big in his opening run, holding little back, and only got better on his second pass when he turned in the high score of 95.58 points. Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano finished second and Louie Vito of Sandy, Utah, took third.As a kid, White tested out the pipe at the U.S. Open before the professional boarders went to work. Even then, he dazzled the fans.That hasn’t changed. So satisfied with his winning performance, White tossed his goggles into the crowd. He took a leisurely spin on his final run.The U.S. Open relocated to Vail this season after 30 years in Vermont.

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