Top American snowboarder Shannon Dunn wasn't spending too much time Wednesday morning celebrating her recent success at the Winter X Games.
Instead, she was taking care of a few last-minute details. Dunn was scheduled to board a plane Wednesday and head to Japan for the Nippon Open, which starts later this week.
"It's one of the biggest snowboarding events this year," she said. "It should be a whole lot of fun."
The former Steamboat Springs resident shined in the spotlight of two Winter X Game events Friday and Saturday at Mount Snow, Vt. She placed second in the slopestyle event and won the superpipe with a total of 94.33 points on three runs. She was followed by Natasza Zurek who scored 90 points and Fabienne Reuteler in third place with 89 points.
"I felt pretty good after my first run," Dunn said. "I didn't think I could have done anything better, so I was pretty confident."
The X Games marked Dunn's first superpipe competition of the season and her first win. She said she has been focusing on learning new tricks in the early part of the year and on finding some fun in a sport that has treated her very well over the years. She won the bronze medal in the Olympic halfpipe in Nagano, Japan, in 1998.
The world-class snowboarder has been working on a front-side rodeo flip (basically an upside down 720) and used it in the X Games competition.
"I don't know if that's what it takes to win anymore, but that's what it took for me to win this one," Dunn said.
Dunn said her main goal at this year's X Games was to have fun and it showed as she collapsed into the Vermont snow after her final run on Saturday, overcome with emotion. The excited Dunn thanked her family for their support over the year after winning the event. Dad Jerry and older brother Sean were on hand to watch Shannon in the superpipe.