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White’s signature trick seals victory

By Debra Dobbins

The handwriting wasn’t exactly on the wall for Shaun White Sunday night: He had bring his A+ game to edge out Olympic buddy Scotty Lago in both boarders’ quest for the superpipe gold at the Winter X games in Aspen.

The first “graf” in today’s print and e-edition sums White’s efforts up. He pulled off two full flips and 3 1/2 rotations to execute the Double McTwist 1260, billed as his signature trick.

In its adjective form, signature means highly individual, something that a person can claim as his or her own. When White executes a signature trick such as the DM 1260, it means he came up with it and is one of a handful of  boarders who can set it down.

In its noun form, signature has a number of meanings. The most common is “a person’s name written by that person,” according to Webster’s.

Signature comes from the Latin word signare, which, again according to Wesbter’s, meant to set a seal upon. I can only imagine that in ancient times people put their seal onto messages, rather than a signature as we understand it today.

I’ve never seen White’s actual signature, but, given the Flying Tomato’s outgoing personality, I suspect his signature is as bold as that of a Founding Father, John Hancock. Hancock’s expression of his name on the Declaration of Independence was so impressive that it became a synonym for signature, as in “Put your John Hancock here.”

signature courtesy of Wikipedia



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