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White Wins Superpipe Gold With Perfect Run At X Games

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Shaun White soars above the spectators as he competes in men's snowboard superpipe elimination during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White finished first to advance to the finals.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Shaun White soars above the spectators as he competes in men’s snowboard superpipe elimination during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White finished first to advance to the finals. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — With the gold medal already his, Shaun White laid down a victory lap to remember — a perfect one.

White earned his fifth consecutive superpipe gold Sunday night at the Winter X Games in Aspen, earning a perfect 100 on his third and final run.

Says White: “It’s unreal. I’ve been wanting that 100 forever.”

He scored a 94.00 on his first run and wiped out on his second run, but no one could catch him. Iouri Podladtchikov finished second, followed by Ryo Aono.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter X Games 2012

With the gold, White is the third Winter X five-peat athlete, joining Nate Holland in snowboardcross and Tucker Hibbert in snocross.

White competed despite a left ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from the slopestyle competition.

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