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White's gold-medal secret? Kayaking

Updated: February 18, 2010, 1:24 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Less than 24 hours before Shaun White was scheduled to compete in the Olympic halfpipe finals, while his teammates and competitors were finalizing their runs and polishing their tricks at Tuesday evening's practice session, White went kayaking.

"This was unlike any season I've had," White said Wednesday night, shortly after becoming the first snowboarder to repeat as a gold medalist in the halfpipe. "I fell a lot, I lost sleep. I don't think ...

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