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Winter X 10
Aspen, Colorado  

photos/text by Ilana Sochaczewski

What happens when you put snow, 70,000 people, a jumbotron, Sal Masekela, and X-treme athletes itching for a gold medal all on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado? You get one hell of a show, known as Winter X Games. All eyes were on Aspen from January 28th to January 31st. Fans watching television, reading the newspaper, or experiencing the Games first hand, anticipated the exhilarating, nail-biting competition. And the athletes did not let them down; from Moto X, to snowboard superpipe there was non-stop action.

Saturday’s main events included men’s and women’s slopestyle finals then finished the day off with women’s superpipe finals. The day started out right with lots of sun and the women’s slopestyle competition. This year’s slopestyle course began with two jib features, then a choice of a kicker or a box that led to a 40-foot gap jump. Next was the xbox obstacle that included an up-flat-down box crossing with an up box with a gap to a down box, which continued on to the “last chance kickers” for the finishing trick. After the women’s first run, Hana Beaman (Big Bear, CA) held the top spot landing a huge Cab 5. Janna Meyen (Bend, OR) decided that she wanted a 4-peat and pulled out a Cab 7, Cab 5, back 5 over the gap, and a back 3 giving her the gold, and bumping Beaman to the silver.

Jamie Anderson (Lake Tahoe, CA) took home the bronze showing that the girls of the Wes‘side know how to do it. With the sun still shining over the slopestyle course, the men took control of the X Games. Tricks were thrown down from beginning to end. Danny Kass (Mammoth Lakes, CA) took third place with a switch back rodeo 7, to Cab 9 and Andreas Wiig (Oslo, Norway) stomped a front 10 on the last chance kicker for second place. Shaun White’s (Carlsbad, CA) first run put him in place to take his 4-peat gold in slopestyle. His run was practically made of gold: 270 gap down the ledge, tail slide 270 out, back 9, Cab 10, switch back 9 over the gap jump, and finished with a clean front 10. White’s hold on first place was shaken when Travis Rice (Jackson, WY), the last athlete of the contest, whipped out a double cork front 10 on the final jump, but couldn’t complete it.

As the sun went down, and the snow began to fall, Saturday came to a close with women’s superpipe finals. Just as Shaun White clenched first position on his first run, so did Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT). She had a clean run down the 500-foot-long pipe starting with a front air, back 5, front 5, back air, front 7, Cab 3 and ended with a boned-out stale fish. Torah Bright (Cooma, Australia) brought a switch back 5 and a Cab 7 crooked cop for her spot in second and Soko Yamaoko (Japan) took third with a McTwist and a front 7. Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler and Andy Finch decided to not compete in the X Games due to their participation in this year’s Olympics in Torino.
Everyone was looking forward to the men’s pipe finals on Monday night. Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH), rising from 10th place, took the bronze with a double-corked 10, to Cab 7. Mason Aguirre (Duluth, MN) put down a front 10 and a Cab 10 for his silver medal. And who else but Shaun White grabbed the gold in pipe, with his third run that included a massive backside air, and clean back 10. White’s win in pipe gave him six golds, which put him next to Shaun Palmer for the most gold medals in Winter X Games history. So when is Shaun White finally going to reveal himself as Superman? Maybe when he’s old enough to drink legally.

Shaun White...

...on his way to the podium

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