That’s not necessarily the headline you’d expect to read, but it’s true. The first Real Snow Backcountry wrapped up shortly after Men’s Superpipe Finals, followed by Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle at Winter X Games in Tignes, France with gold medals for all. Well not all, but Shaun White kept his win streak alive with another first place finish, earned on his first run with a 98.00. Even though Shaun can’t help but go to contests knowing he will win, or at least have a real good chance at winning, that hasn’t slowed down his drive to boost higher and try harder tricks each time. Christian Haller was riding really smooth and was looking good until a wicked toe edge catch on his final run not only knocked him out of podium contention, but also the wind right out of him. Danny Davis had been riding really well in practice and qualifiers and looked like he could give Shaun some competition, but just couldn’t find his flow on the icy walls of the Tignes pipe.
Over in Real Snow territory, week’s worth of voting finally came to a head today as Jussi Oksanen took home the Fan Favorite award with a clean, progressive, and pretty much classic part. So thanks to everyone who spared a few minutes to cast their vote for Jussi. It’s not just about the fans though, the judges have a say too and they picked Nicolas Müller for first, Gigi Rüf for second, and Jussi taking third. Nicolas had an always-amazing part, full of stylish, tweaked grabs and creative natural features—all shot at home in Laax, Switzerland. Between all of the riders who submitted parts, including John Jackson and Mark Sollors, the judges had their work cut out for them in picking a winner.
In Men’s Slopestyle, Shaun White surprised some, but not others by grabbing his first slopestyle gold in quite some time. Shaun was struggling in practice to link together a full run but when it was go time, Shaun turned it on. With double cork 1080′s and 1260′s in his run he wasn’t messing around. Mark McMorris was looking real good, putting together a solid and clean run, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat Shaun’s 97.00 score, with Mark ending up with silver.
Photo: Sani Alibabic
Women’s slopestyle was sort of a podium déjà vu to other slopestyle events throughout the year: Jamie Anderson dominating and taking gold with a super-high 98.00, Spencer O’Brien hot on her heels with a silver and Enni Rukajärvi rounding out the podium with a bronze. Enni was riding really strong all week, well actually all season long, but couldn’t squeak by Spencer for a silver.
Photos: Gabe L’Heureux
For full results and videos head to the X Games webpage.