Shaun White's signature move--the one pioneered at a private half-pipe in Silverton, Colorado--may face a ban at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
The "Double Cork" involves two flips, multiple spins, and at least 20+feet of height in the air. An info-graphic by The Times Online spells out the move's critical five steps.According to The Guardian:
White invented the double cork on a private 167-metre (550ft) long halfpipe (a structure like an inverted tunnel with facing concave ramps), built by his sponsor, Red Bull, at Silverton Mountain in south-west Colorado, for an estimated cost of $500,000. Accessible only by helicopter, and with a soft, foam pit built into one wall, the structure allowed White to try tricks he had "contemplated for years" without risk of injury.
Though it may look innocuous, the trick has already led to serious accidents. Kevin Pearce, one of White's top competitor's, recently landed on his head in Utah while attempting the trick. Pearce was in a coma for a week and may never ride a half-pipe again.Pro-snowboarded Steve Fisher recently told the Star Tribune that the Double Cork is taking the sport in a dangerous direction:
Though the International Olympic Commission has banned unsafe tricks in the past, many believe a ban would only feed snowboarding's already youthful risk-prone nature. Whatever the outcome, keep your eyes peeled for a showdown--either on the course, or off. Watch Shaun White discuss his private Silverton Mountain half-pipe:
"[The Double Cork] is taking snowboarding into a more gymnastic direction than it's ever been before ... People are so obsessed with this, they're literally breaking themselves to learn this one new trick. But it's not supposed to be a big-air contest or a one-hit wonder. It's a shame that's what has happened with it."