Snowfall has almost been an after thought here in the States, so to wrap up the winter season, athletes jumped the giant pond and went to Tignes, France to compete for the gold.
Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Kaya Turski kept her season winning streak alove and became the first athlete to three-peat at any Tignes event. It has been a three-peat season for Kaya where she also accompished the three-peat for Winter X in Aspen in Janurary. Kaya cemented her status as the one to beat with multiple trick combinations showing off her switch trick skills.
“I am so excited about three-peating here in Tignes,” Turski said in a press release. “I hope to make an impression in women’s skiing and continue to be part of its progression and growth for years to come. I love this event in Tignes, and I love winning gold again.”
Local Park City lady Ashely Battersby took 7th with an improved performance.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Winning and repeating was the theme of the weekend in Tignes. Kelly Clark made her contribution to the theme by winning her second back to back in the X Games in the same season. Back-to-back in Aspen and back-to-back in Tignes, Clark continues to show why she has the most gold medals in her trophy case.
“I came to Winter X Games Tignes looking for my personal best, and I am so happy I came here and did it,” Clark said.
Men’s Ski Slopestyle
After chasing the top of the podium all season long, Bobby Brown got the job done. Brown is well-known for his huge air, but not his rail use until he showed them off in Tignes. Brown accented his monster jumps with a misty 450 Japan and two double cork 1260s on the rails. Brown added to his ever growing medal count after winnging 4 medlas in Aspen at the 2012 Winter X Games.
The favorite coming into the competition and the number one qualifier in the Elimination, Tom Wallisch was the man to beat, but he could not keep up with Brown’s score of 95.00.
“I knew by my second run that I wasn’t going to beat Bobby’s score, so I had fun with it and pulled out some old tricks to please the crowd,” Wallisch said.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Entrer Shaun White in his first Winter X Games Tignes event. Exit Shaun White, gold medal around the neck. The seven time X Games’ winner, used a huge backside air, back-to-back double cork 1080, frontside inverted 540 and double McTwist 1260 in his first run to secure the gold.
“I would definitely love to return to Tignes next year and defend my gold,” White said. “I was actually nervous, and I don’t get nervous. It was a great field of athletes.”
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Make that a double gold weekend for Shaun White in his first competition outside of the U.S. White won his first Slopestyle Final since his win at Winter X Games Aspen in 2009. The only rider landing two double cork 1260s in his run, White landed his first two runs, but his second run was the gold medal run that included a switch hardway 720, Cab 540 in to backside lipslide to fakie and backside double cork 1260.
“Each time I come to X Games, I get more excited and this first time at Winter X Games Tignes was extra special for me,” White said in a press release.
Men’s Ski Superpipe
With the gold already secured, Torin Yater-Wallace used his second run to put a huge gap between first and second place. The second run included a double cork 1260, huge 1080, 900, 1080 to switch 900 that scored him a 95. At the age of sixteen, Yater-Wallace was the youngest competitor in the field and the youngest athlete at Winter X Tignes 2012.
“This is the best pipe I’ve ever ridden. I don’t even know what to say – this means the world to me. It’s been my goal for my entire life, and it happened today,” Yater-Wallace said in a press release.