Aspen X Games – Snowboard Winning Runs
LifeProof sponsored Winter X Games 2017 kicked off with a bang during a clear, brisk week in Aspen, Colorado. New champions have been crowned and the the world has seen some huge firsts. The conditions were perfect and all the riders were absolutely slaying their runs. Check out our summary of all the snowboarding action from the weekend right here:
Mens Slopestyle Snowboard Finals
Being one of the most anticipated events this year would daunt many riders, but not the X Games line up. Training for the full year for this event meant that everyone was pumped and ready to slay the course. Marcus Kleveland launched into his first run with perfection. No one could touch him and he took home the gold. Right behind him was Tyler Nicholson who claimed a silver medal. “This means the world to me, I’ve been watching the X Games for years and this means everything to me,” said Nicholson.
Women’s Snowboard Big Air
Eight of the best female snowboarders took to the massive big air jump to kick off Winter X Games 2017 and the Big Air season. Being the first event in the Women’s roster meant that nerves were high as we saw many of the riders crash out on their runs. Unfortunately a few of the riders needed medical attention and had to be carted off. Not letting these scenes scare her, Hailey Langland smashed a perfect Cab Double Cork 1080, taking her from 6th right up to 1st to take home the gold. What was even crazier about this run is that Hailey had never tried this trick until her training the day before…
“Holy crap!” Langland said following the event. “I’m so stoked to be out here… I’m just happy to have landed what I wanted to! It’s so amazing what all the girls are putting down!”
Womens Snowboard SuperPipe
After 14 X Games appearances, Elana Hight managed to snag her first gold medal. The top spot has been within grasp for so many years and everything seemed to come together for her on this night. She absolutely stomped both of her runs.
“This is amazing, I honestly wasn’t even thinking about results, I just wanted to land my run! Thanks to the crowd for being out here, cheering and pushing us to that next level!”
Mens Snowboard Big Air
A rally full of pumped riders dropped into the Men’s Big Air Final under the bright lights on Friday night to lay down their gravity-defying moves. Putting everything on the line and attempting to hit their biggest tricks it was the ultimate snowboard battle. Riders were going so big on their runs, the crowd went crazy. It was one of the best events to watch this year, especially since history was made by Max Parot and Marcus Kleveland who threw down tricks that had never been seen before in a competition.
Max’s Quad Underflip took the win ahead of Kleveland’s Quad Cork, you have to check these runs out:
Mens Snowboard SuperPipe
Scotty James threw down what is said to be the best run of his career during his first attempt at Thursday nights X Games Men’s snowboard SuperPipe contest. Scoring 90 points right out of the gates set him up in a great position to put pressure on the rest of the field and fortunately for Scotty, no one else could match his run. What a fitting day for the Australian to take home the gold on Australia day.
“There was a very strong field, and I was stoked to come away with that first score, but there were a lot of fearsome competitors to come with great tricks,” Scotty said after taking home the gold.
Womens Snowboard Slopestyle
X Games rookie Julia Marino came up against the biggest names in the industry and showed them all that they need to step up their game if they want to keep up with the newcomers. Using the most technical rail riding techniques, Marino was able to score an unbeatable 94.66.
“It’s honestly just an unreal experience and an unreal feeling right now,” Marino said. “I came into X Games really excited to be a part of it… I set goals for myself but definitely didn’t think I was going to come away with two medals.” Check out her winning run here.
Stay tuned for our recap on all the Ski action coming tomorrow.