The biggest news out of X-Games Tignes is that Iouri Podlatchikov, aka I-Pod, nailed the first ever (what announcers called) Cab double cork 1440 in competition history in the snowboard superpipe finals. He who lands the trick gets to name it: I-Pod's calling it the YOLO Flip (even though you flip twice). This new trick follows on the heels of the breakthrough of the Triple Cork at X-Games Aspen.
To understand the trick, start with its traditional name:
- Cab = switch frontside. I-pod said himself that the term "Cab", which comes from Steve Caballero of skateboarding legend, should be reserved for skateboarding tricks. He refers to the YOLO Flip as a switch frontside trick.
- Double Cork = 2 inverts
- 1440 = 2 inverts + 2 rotations
To see how all that happens at once to create the YOLO Flip, check out the frame-by-frame breakdown, below. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to X-Games Tignes this year, so we have to rely on grainy zoomed-in video stills...
And I-Pod stomps out the landing in frame 21 to complete the trick for the first time ever in competition. So how come he ended up in 4th place? On his last trick he landed like this...
Although I-Pod would have liked to nail that last trick and end up with Tignes gold, he said after the event that he wouldn't trade landing the YOLO flip for gold...he called it "the best fourth place ever." I would have to agree with him. It also seems that landing the YOLO Flip was a message to Shaun White that he better be ready for the 2014 winter olympics in Sochi. It's on.