White vows to step up game for Sochi Olympics

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 12:06 PM

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Shaun White turned in a nearly flawless performance in the superpipe at the Winter X Games on Sunday night and then quickly vowed to step up his game even more for the Sochi Olympics next winter.

The best snowboarder around just isn't satisfied.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is always looking to stay ahead of the competition, especially when the field includes up-and-comers such as Ayumu Hirano, a 14-year-old from Japan who just may be the next Shaun White.

Shortly after locking up his sixth straight title at Winter X, White gushed about the teenager who finished runner-up, saying he thinks Hirano has an "amazing future" in front of him.

Only one problem: White isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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