White edges rival for skate title

LOS ANGELES — Shaun White won the X Games skateboard vert competition Saturday night, dramatically edging rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon on their final run.

After crashing on his penultimate run, White scored a 93.00 with a dizzying sequence of tough tricks on his last chance against Gagnon, the three-time defending X Games champion. Gagnon crashed moments later, and White celebrated his first X Games title in vert since 2007, and just his second victory in eight tries.

"I put down probably the best run I've ever done in my skateboarding career," said White, the two-time Olympic snowboarding gold medalist. "I figured if Pierre beat it, he deserved it for sure."

Four-time gold medalist Bucky Lasek finished third with an 87.66. New York City's Elliot Sloan (67.66) and high-flying Adam Taylor (62.66) also made the final, but couldn't compete with the three dominant skaters in their sport's highest-profile competition.

White has a thriving two-sport career and international celebrity that transcends both disciplines, but he hadn't won the X Games' marquee skateboarding event in four years. He lost to Gagnon at last year's X Games, and didn't compete the previous year while focusing on his Olympic quest.

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