Local Utah residents Louie Vito and rookie McRae Williams brought home the gold in Tignes, France.
In what was set up as a “Superpipe Showdown” between Vito, Lago and Podladtchikov turned out the be the surprise of the night with Vito pulling out an extremely close win over local favorite Arthur Longo. Using his four consecutive double-corks Vito came out on top by .66 points.
“I woke up this morning feeling really old after I turned 25 yesterday,” Vito joked in a press release. ” I was definitely a little more nervous once the contest started and Arthur put down that first run. The progression today was amazing.”
Even though he missed out on the podium completely, Iouri Podladtchikov added some buzz to the event landing the first double cork 1440 he calls the YOLO flip. We hope the flip stays and the name goes.
After a letdown in Aspen after failing to qualify for the Men’s Ski Slopestyle final, Utah local and X Games Tignes rookie McRae William took home his first ever X Games gold. The final was up for grabs with several athletes living up to past reputations and giving the France crowd a huge show.
Williams lead after his first run, but Jossi Wells gave him a solid scare but the score was enough to hold up for gold.
“I’m so stoked for everybody,” William said in a press release. “It’s unreal right now! I can’t even believe it. Jossi laid down a perfect run and it was so close. I was expecting to be bumped – the possiblitiy was there – I can’t believe my score held up!.”
Kaya Turski reasserted herself at the top of the podium and completed the first ever 4-peat in X Games Tignes history. After settling for second in Aspen, Turski skied almost flawless to make history.
“Sitting in a place where silver was the worst case scenario wasn’t so bad,” Turski said in a press release. “It’s a great feeling to come out on top again.”