Shaun White won for the first time in almost two years, topping a strong field at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., on Saturday.
White, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic halfpipe champion, scored 92.60 in his first of two runs with a pair of 1080s and his patented double McTwist 1260, according to commentators.
“It’s good to be back,” said White, adding that he was headed to Los Angeles to play a show with his band, Bad Things, on Sunday.
White, who was also No. 1 in qualifying Thursday, beat a field that included Iouri Podladtchikov, the Swiss who won the Sochi Olympics. Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano was second, followed by Podladtchikov in third.
White, 29, had finished fourth at his last two competitions, the Sochi Olympics and the Winter X Games in January. White said he hopes to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, which would be his fourth Olympics.
“The lessons that you can learn after something like Sochi,” White said on NBC. “I’ve never been in that position before, and I’ve learned so many lessons from that, and I’m more motivated than ever. … It re-cements the fact that I’m on the right path.”
Earlier, X Games champion Chloe Kim and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s halfpipe.
That competition was won by China’s Liu Jiayu, who placed fourth at the 2010 Olympics.
Dew Tour competition wraps up Sunday on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra. Here’s the full schedule.