In a competition of six women, four of them Olympians, it was three year Winter X Games veteran Kaitlyn Farrington and Australian superstar Torah Bright in a fierce battle for gold.
Farrington came out on top. “I was already psyched after all my runs because I knew, regardless, I was going to be on the podium with Torah,” Farrington, of Sun Valley, Idaho, said of watching Bright take her last run that would decide the champion.
Torah took the lead away from Farrington after the second run, so Farrington upped the ante by throwing down a backside 900. Torah’s third run was her best with a combination of tricks that included a backside and frontside 540, backside air and frontside 720. It wasn’t enough to hold onto the lead though.
“X Games is such a huge event to action sports and to have it in France only enhances the culture of action sports on a whole,” Bright said of Winter Games coming to Europe. “That is why I am here to support the first ever Winter X Games Europe – it is history in the making.”
France had an athlete on the podium as Sophie Rodriguez of Grenoble finished with a bronze.
Winter X Games Europe
Tignes, France – Mar. 11, 2010
Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
1. Kaitlyn Farrington – Sun Valley, Idaho 97.00
2. Torah Bright – Cooma, Australia 95.00
3. Sophie Rodriguez – Grenoble, France 87.00
4. Mercedes Nicoll – Whistler, BC, Canada 82.33
5. Ellery Hollingsworth – Darien, Conn. 79.00
6. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas – Trondheim, Norway 78.66