X GAMES RECAP

Date: January 29, 2018 Author: Jeff Schmuck Categories: news
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Following four days of action-packed competition, the 24th annual Winter X Games wrapped up yesterday in Aspen, Colorado.

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

The event, which as always, showcased the best of the best in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air, and failed to disappoint, features some of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders strutting their stuff in a quest for X Games glory, along with a preview of what’s to come during next month’s Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The festivities kicked off with a bang on Thursday night, where’s Men’s and Women’s Superpipe took place under the lights at Buttermilk Mountain. Up first were the ladies, in which Maddie Bowman brought home her fifth X Games gold medal, while Brita Sigourney scored second and Canada’s very own Cassie Sharpe took third.

Brita Sigourney (2nd), Maddie Bowman (1st), Cassie Sharpe (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Women’s Superpipe Results

1) Maddie Bowman
2) Brita Sigourney
3) Cassie Sharpe
4) Marie Martinod
5) Devin Logan
6) Ayana Onozuka
7) Sabrina Cakmakli
8) Annalisa Drew

Up next were the gentlemen, where David Wise followed Bowman’s lead by adding a fourth gold medal to his ever-growing trophy case, with wild child Alex Ferreira in second and the high-flying Torin Yater-Wallace in third.

Alex Ferreira (2nd), David Wise (1st), Torin Yater-Wallace (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Men’s Superpipe Results

1) David Wise
2) Alex Ferreira
3) Torin Yater-Wallace
4) Mike Riddle
5) Taylor Seaton
6) Noah Bowman
7) Simon d’Artois
8) Aaron Blunck
9) Kevin Rolland
10) Miguel Porteous

Early Saturday morning, following the previous day’s Men’s Slopestyle Qualifiers (the only event to not go straight into finals), in which Gus Kenworthy topped the field, the ladies put on a show during Women’s Slopestyle Finals, which was highlighted by Maggie Voisin emerging victorious for her first X Games gold medal (along with becoming the first American to ever win the event), while newcomers Isabel Atkin and Jennie Lee Burmansson rounded out the podium in second and third.

Isabel Atkin (2nd), Maggie Voisin (1st), Jennie Lee Burmansson (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Women’s Slopestyle Results

1) Maggie Voisin
2) Isabel Atkin
3) Jennie Lee Burmansson
4) Sarah Hoefflin
5) Emma Dahlstrom
6) Devin Logan
7) Johanne Killi
8) Tess Ledeux

Later that night, eight of the world’s best tricksters took to the massive mound of snow towering above the capacity crowd in attendance for Men’s Big Air. After a rapid-fire show of force from some of freeskiing’s finest, Henrik Harlaut’s began the biggest weekend of his career by winning his fifth X Games Big Air gold medal, while Oystein Braten scored silver and last year’s champion, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, brought home the bronze.

Oystein Braten (2nd), Henrik Harlaut (1st), James Woods (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Men’s Big Air Results

1) Henrik Harlaut
2) Oystein Braten
3) James Woods
4) Fabian Boesch
5) Christian Nummedal
6) Birk Ruud
7) Kai Mahler
8) Eirik Saeteroy

First thing the following morning, the ladies took their kick at the big air can, where after half the field unfortunately opted out of competing, Sarah Hoefflin struck gold in her rookie appearance at X Games thanks to a series of switch doubles, with Johanne Killi in second and Tess Ledeux in third.

Johanne Killi (2nd), Sarah Hoefflin (1st), Tess Ledeux (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Women’s Big Air Results

1) Sarah Hoefflin
2) Johanne Killi
3) Tess Ledeux
4) Dominique Ohaco

And last but certainly not least, Men’s Slopestyle Finals shut down the show in style, where Henrik Harlaut became the second skier in history (Bobby Brown being the first) to win Big Air and Slopestyle in the same weekend, with Oystein Braten scoring his second silver medal of the weekend and Andri Ragettli nabbing the bronze.

Oystein Braten (2nd), Henrik Harlaut (1st), Andri Ragettli (3rd). Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

Men’s Slopestyle Results

1) Henrik Harlaut
2) Oystein Braten
3) Andri Ragettli
4) James Woods
5) Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
6) Gus Kenworthy
7) Nick Goepper
8) Oscar Wester
9) Fabian Boesch
10) Evan McEachran
11) Alex Hall
12) Jesper Tjader
13) Antoine Adelisse
14) Ferdinand Dahl
15) Noah Wallace
16) Cody LaPlante
17) Joss Christensen
18) Teal Harle

The biggest winner of the weekend: Henrik Harlaut. Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images

On behalf of everyone at Forecast, a big thanks goes out to everyone at ESPN for another exceptional installment of the event, and congrats to all of the medalists and competitors. If this past weekend was a sign of things to come, we can’t wait for the Olympics. 

For more on this year's X Games, including videos, photos, profiles and more, visit xgames.com.