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GoPro releases footage of Shaun White ripping off a Double Cork 1440 (video)

As he prepares to once again dominate the Winter Olympics after festivities kick off in Sochi on Feb. 7, Shaun White spent some time practicing on a custom-built halfpipe designed and constructed by SnowPark Technologies and GoPro in Perisher, Australia.

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, White is shown pulling off a new move from his already-stuffed bag of tricks: Something called a Double Cork 1440.

Todd Ballard, director of sports marketing for GoPro, said White and a crew spent about two weeks in Australia shooting the video and explained the concept behind the endeavor as follows (via USA Today):

“I think it’s a unique perspective into the eyes of Shaun,” Ballard said of the latest video. “Kind of what he thinks as he’s going into training and as he’s trying new tricks. I think you’ll get a good idea of what’s going through his mind as he’s preparing for his third Winter Games. … And how he’s using the camera as a training tool to become a better athlete.”

Immediately after White would make a run, he could review the video on an iPad with his coach Bud Keene at the bottom of the pipe. “So you get some real time response, you can make adjustments on the hill,” Ballard said.

The video introduces Keene and Frank Wells, the SPT halfpipe builder, as the pipe is being constructed in Australia. “I need a rough draft of what to expect at the Sochi Olympics,” White says in the video.

White flies effortlessly above the pipe and lands a trick called a double cork 1440. “It’s just a level of commitment,” he says before putting the trick together. “You’ve got to be in the right mindset.”

Ha, right mindset. Now that’s a major understatement. White also should have mentioned that one needs to be fearless and just a bit nuts as well.