Shaun White beat Pierre-Luc Gagnon in the X Games Skateboard Freestyle Vert competition.

SHAUN WHITE took home the 2011 X Games Skateboard Vert gold medal Saturday, beating his rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon. White last won the gold medal for the Skateboard Vert in 2007 — Pierre-Luc Gagnon has won it every year since.

After a fall in the penultimate round, White went into the final run in second place. He impressed the judges with a 720 and varial frontside 540 and (spoiler alert) when Gagnon fell as he started his final run, White had a clear victory.

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