Danny Davis Wins Gold at X Games

Snowboarder beats Shaun White for second medal

Jan 23, 2015
Outside Magazine
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Davis placed tenth in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.    Tom Zikas/U.S. Snowboarding

Danny Davis took first place at the X Games halfpipe on Thursday night after two qualifying and three final runs.

The win is Davis’ second in the X Games. His previous winning run was a McTwist, frontside 900, backside 720 and trademark switch method into two double-cork 1080s, scoring him 93.66 points, reported the Denver Post. Davis came back from last place to top of the heap in the final run of the best-of-two qualifying contest.

“I think it’s getting to the point where everyone is doing a lot of the same tricks and the same runs,” Davis told the Denver Post. “I’ve been changing my tricks up a lot and it’s been working for me.”

Taku Hiraoka of Japan took silver, his first X Games medal, with a high-flying final run. Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland, who had ankle surgery two months ago, took bronze after botching his final run. Shaun White, who has 13 X Games gold medals to make him the world’s most dominant halfpipe snowboarder, came in fourth place.

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