Shaun White made this one look rather easy as he cruised to his sixth straight snowboard superpipe crown at Winter X on Sunday night in Aspen, Colo.
His top rival, Iouri Podladtchikov, dropped out because of an illness. Instead, White’s biggest challenger was 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano, who became the youngest athlete ever to medal at Winter X when he took silver. Hirano, of Japan, just might be the future of snowboarding – once White relinquishes control, of course. Markus Malin of Finland was third.
Slopestyle skier Rose Battersby of New Zealand suffered a lumbar spine fracture during a wipeout in practice. She was transferred to Denver for more evaluation, but was moving and had feeling in all extremities, according to X Games officials.
The United States team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, won gold in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women’s bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men’s and women’s skeleton. The U.S. edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines.
Heather Richardson won the 1,000-meter speedskating race to become the first American woman to win the World Sprint Championships since 2005.
Richardson finished in 1 minute, 13.19 seconds, edging Canada’s Christine Nesbitt in the final women’s race of the championship in Kearns, Utah.
Richardson won the overall title based on points, with a gold Sunday to go with a pair of bronze medals Saturday. She had 148.015 points.
Overall leader Tina Maze won a World Cup slalom before her home fans in Maribor, Slovenia.
She led after the opening run and finished the two runs in 1 minute, 33.68 seconds.
• Marcel Hirscher of Austria earned his 10th career World Cup slalom victory in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took third to win the combined event, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday’s downhill.
Hirscher was third after the opening leg but was fastest in the second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 44.34 seconds.