White eager to return to slopestyle at Winter X

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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Shaun White smiles during a television interview in Breckenridge, Colo. White has his sights set on slopestyle as he looks to parlay his dominance in the halfpipe into credibility in the newest Olympic sport where he is currently just another rider and hardly feared. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)


ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Shaun White ran his fingers through his short, red hair as he fidgeted in his seat.

The snowboarding icon is still getting accustomed to his new look after recently trimming his signature flowing locks.

Make no mistake, though: His strength isn't tied to his hair.

His command comes from innovation as he perpetually tries to stay two steps ahead of the competition in the halfpipe, where he performs tricks few others would dare attempt and captures about every big competition there is to capture.

But that's not enough. White wants to be just as commanding — and feared — in the slopestyle competition, especially with the event making its Olympic debut next winter in Sochi.

This weekend at the Winter X Games, White will show off some new slopestyle maneuvers.