Saturday July, 21

The vert finals was a straight battle between Bucky Lasek and Shaun White. Amongst the army of cameramen, producers, and assistants scurrying around to get the live cast of the contest into your living room via NBC, to the crowd who filled the stands, it was like Bucky and Shaun were to only two skating. With Bucky qualifying first and Shaun qualifying second, the finals was like a rematch of the prelims.

With two solid runs in the finals, it seemed Bucky had first place locked down. That was until Shaun White took his last run—the second to last run before the end of the finals—and scored just enough points to bump Bucky into second and put him on top. Shaun was going nuts, jumping around, and throwing his board in the name of stokedness.

But Bucky still had one more chance to regain the lead. By the look on his face, you could tell he was going all out—about to unleash everything he had in his skating to take back first place. He came down the roll-in, flipped a huge nollie flip, missed the grab, and came down the ramp without his board. Everyone within a 50-foot radius of the ramp went out of their gourds. Shaun White had won.


1. Shaun White
2. Bucky Lasek
3. Bob Burnquist
4. Rune Glifberg
5. Andy MacDonald
6. Mathias Ringstrom
7. Lincoln Ueda
8. Rob Lorifice
9. PLG
10. Danny Mayer