Monday, February 13, 2006

Chillin at the Pipe

"Dude, I'm so stoked!" and other American colloquialisms fill the air around here. American wunderkind, Shaun White (age 19), took the gold for the Americans yesterday. There was a little bit of suspense when he had a poor first run during the qualification stage, but by the finals he had already taken gold before he took his last run.

I was standing right in front of his overwhelmed, sobbing parents as he won the gold, it was a heart-warming sight. An honor to be the best in any category, Shaun White is pretty much regarded as the future of snowboarding, the Lebron James of halfpipe, if you will.

As you can see from this photo, the amount of air between these riders and the top of the pipe is absolutely stupefying. Aside from the verticality, the flips, spins and grabs they combine, make the aerial dance that much more exciting.


Anonymous Jessy Tolkan said...

Looks absolutely incredible out there! It's pretty remarkable to see the variety of things you've witnessed in such a short amount of time. From Ariel Sharon's stroke, to Palestinian Elections, to the Olympic Games! Keep up the amazing work out there!

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