White headlines Day 6

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — If you think the Flying Tomato’s Double McTwist 1260 is on the menu at the Golden Arches, think again.

“Flying Tomato” is the nickname for red-headed San Diego snowboarding superstar Shaun White, who is favoured Wednesday at weather-battered Cypress Mountain to repeat as gold medalist in the Olympic men’s halfpipe. The Double McTwist 1260 is the combination of spins and jumps 23-year-old White has perfected on a private halfpipe built for him by sponsor Red Bull in Colorado.

“I’m planning on putting it in (these) Games,” White said. “You work on something hard — why not, right?”

White recorded the highest score in an International Ski Federation halfpipe event at last February’s world cup on Cypress when he sprained his thumb on a 1080.

“Right when you start to think, ‘Oh the snow’s bad, oh the pipe’s bad, oh this or oh that’, it’s all just piling on you and instead you should just be letting go,” White said. “That is when you find harmony.”

Canadians hoping to join White on the podium during day six of the Vancouver Olympics include Brad Martin of Ancaster, Ont., Jeffrey Batchelor of Oakville, Ont. and Justin Lamoureux of Squamish, B.C.

Calgary brothers Chris and Mike Moffat are at the Whistler Sliding Centre, hoping to improve on the ninth place men’s luge finish at Turin while 2006 cross-country sprint gold-medalist Chandra Crawford of Canmore, Alta., goes for another in the classic at the Whistler Olympic Park.

Vancouver-born Britt Janyk knows the Franz’s Run track at Whistler Creekside like the back of her hand. Her parents still live nearby. She’s one of four Canadians entered in the women’s downhill. The pressure will be on American Lindsey Vonn, the reigning world downhill champion who is battling both a bruised shin and the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

Canada ends the women’s hockey round-robin at Thunderbird Arena against Sweden, the team it beat to win gold at Turin.

Three gold medals are up for grabs in short-track speedskating. Montreal brothers Charles and Francois Hamelin are entered in 1,000-metre and the 5,000m relay. Edmonton-born Jessica Gregg is in the 500m at the Pacific Coliseum, where her father Randy played hockey for — but mostly against —the Vancouver Canucks. Roberval, Que.-born Marianne St-Gelais is also racing the 500m. The 20-year-old is one of a dozen athletes celebrating a birthday Wednesday.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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