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.
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
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.
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.
|Right: Shaun White
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.
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RESULTS (snowboard events)
GOLD: Steve Fisher
SILVER: Shaun White
BRONZE: Mason Aguirre
GOLD: Andreas Wiig
SILVER: Jussi Oksanen
BRONZE: Shaun White
GOLD: Torah Bright
SILVER: Gretchen Bleiler
BRONZE: Elena Hight
GOLD: Jamie Anderson
SILVER: Hana Beaman
BRONZE: Chanelle Sladics