Shaun white was beaten by Danny Davis in mammoth, and Danny was just throwing double corks. Now that other riders are starting to learn his "signature" tricks that shows that the other professionals on the circuit aren't that far behind him. He has monstrous airs, but how long before someone boasts a higher air out of the pipe than him?
Shaun also focuses all his attention on the pipe, though a tough competetior he was regularly beaten in slopestyle, think he could compete with Peetu on a course or John Jackson in the backcountry?
He is a one trick pony and while he's currently the best, I think that other riders are picking up the 1260 shows that he's not leagues ahead
Shaun is miles ahead of Ipod, Peetu, Danny Davis and everyone else which Shaun White haters love to point out as the new "hey check this guy out, he can do double corks too" guy.
Danny won the GP in Mammoth because he did something he'd NEVER done before (cab double cork, front double cork, and double backside rodeo) and THEN in Shaun's following run, Shaun didnt land his Double McTwist. Had he landed it, he still would've won: not even debatable. So your argument is basically that if Shaun White doesnt land his runs, then other people can win. LOLOL well obviously.
Not to mention with Danny's broken back, it'll be a while before hes a contender again. Hope he gets well soon though
On iPod and Peetu, the only other real pipe competitors at the moment: Both awesome riders, both extremely talented, and both readily admit that Shaun is near impossible to beat. At the Olympics, Peetu said this about Shaun: "unless he falls or doesnt try to go big, he is so hard to compete against" and Ipod said this: "He is unstoppable, such a great competitive rider."(source: AP)
I agree; Shaun needs to get back into slopestyle training, because he faces some stiff competition now: Halldor Helgasson is only 17 and has frontside double cork 10s and backside double cork 12s, Eric Willet and Eero Ettala now have Double back rodeos on lock at every comp, and EVERYBODY has 1260s nowadays, so Shaun's got some work cut out for him, but he is a champ, and I would NEVER count him out for a slopestyle comeback.
Keep hating Shaun White haters, it only takes that little extra to be the best, and theres a reason that Shaun is the best and most successful competitive snowboarder ever(again, the facts and records speak for themselves). If you think you are trendy, "core" or just cool because you hate on Shaun, it just makes you a Douchebag for not recognizing someone's incredible skill and talent. I like to watch guys like Scott Stevens, Halldor Helgasson, Mason Aguirre, and Zak Hale just as much as Shaun, and for different reasons. When you want to see the most stylish jibbing, buttering, and use of features on a mountain watch Scott Stevens. When you want to see the sickest slopestyle run, watch out for Halldor Helgasson and Tyler Flanagan. But when you want to see the absolute best halfpipe rider in the world, the one who has not only invented, but perfected the tricks and runs the best guys all try to emulate now while still doing it BIGGER, BETTER, and CLEANER than any of them, tune in and watch Shaun do his magic