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Winter X Games 2007

Article and Photos by Ilana Sochaczewski

Winter X Games did not let us down and brought the action, once again. With a revamped sports line up, getting rid of Moto X and adding Mono Skier X (first ever disabled discipline) and Snowmobile Freestyle, it increased the excitement to the already adrenaline-pumped event of the year. The X Games was the place to be if you like big air and flips. But it was also the place to be if you like free shwag. Give-aways like huge taco bell hats filled with beans and cheese were a hit with the young guns.

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annti autti annti autti danny davis

Contests for free snowboards were happening daily if you wanted to play games like simon-says, and for those with some cash for a cause were rewarded with signed snowboards, and an electric guitar signed by more than 20 athletes (proceeds went to Boarding For Breast Cancer). And for the drive-by free shwaggers there were plenty of yummy pizza rolls, posters, key chains and stickers. Also, returning to the X Games was the mini snow-skate park for those who know how to rock the snow skate, or didn't mind bruises and fractures.

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danny kass hampus mosesson jj thomas

In regards to the actual comps, there were many disturbances and upsets to the past and expected winners. This was the weekend for the snow-loving underdogs. Taking Gold in Mens Slopestyle in Winter X 10, Shaun White was knocked down for just a Bronze medal thanks to Andreas Wiig (Gold) and Jussi Oksanen (Silver) this time around.

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matheu crepel shaun white Superpipe

It was a teenage riot when 16-year-old Jamie Anderson placed Gold in Women's Slopestyle, having Hana Beaman take the Silver. Australian superstar, Torah Bright received the Gold in Women's Superpipe. Kelly Clark was the women's Golden girl in Superpipe last year and rocked 1st place in her last 2 events, including the Grand Prix in Breckenridge, but could not put together her smooth runs this time around.

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Steve Fisher, not even qualifying for the finals in X Games 10 Men's Superpipe has been shaking it up this season in the pipe. It was a nail-biting competition up to the last second. Steve Fisher's Gold Medal in the pipe from Winter X 2004 woke up from the dead and knocked him in the head. His winning Gold run was so impressive that Shaun White had to settle for the Silver.

 

Winter X Games 11 was full of surprises but it was refreshing to see that there are plenty of potential gold-quality athletes out there. This made for an excellent event to be a part of, even though it was on the sidelines.

Check out EXPN.COM for videos, photos and more coverage.

RESULTS (snowboard events)

Mens Superpipe
GOLD: Steve Fisher
SILVER: Shaun White
BRONZE: Mason Aguirre

Mens Slopestyle
GOLD: Andreas Wiig
SILVER: Jussi Oksanen
BRONZE: Shaun White

Womens Superpipe
GOLD: Torah Bright
SILVER: Gretchen Bleiler
BRONZE: Elena Hight

Womens Slopestyle
GOLD: Jamie Anderson
SILVER: Hana Beaman
BRONZE: Chanelle Sladics

 

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