Winter X Games – Day 1 Results

Posted By: Shannon Marie on January 26, 2012 1:54 pm

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The event we have all been waiting for kicked off with a great start today, at Aspen’s Buttermilk Resort. The 2012 Winter X Games feature the most extreme athletes showing off their new tricks as they battle for the gold medal and huge cash prizes. From Ski Slopestyle, to Snowboarder X, or the added “Street” event full of rail features and urban style, the X Games are pure entertainment for the winter enthusiast.

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Nick Goepper competes in the Men’s Ski Slope Style Elimination at Winter X Games 16. Photo: Tomas Zuccareno/ESPN Imgaes

The American skiers dominated the top seeds today in Men’s Skiing Slopestyle, with Nick Goepper in 1st, Tom Wallisch in 2nd, and Ski Channel favorite Bobby Brown in 3rd place. Brown stared in The Ski Channel’s 2010 film, The Story. His first qualifying run today was insane, throwing down a double cork 1080 and double cork 1260. Expect the 1440, among other impressive tricks up his sleeve. Rookie threat, 17-year-old Nick Goepper, popped a huge floaty backflip on the money jump, saying hello to his new fans in Aspen.

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Tom Wallisch competes in the Men’s Ski Slope Style Elimination at Winter X Games 16. Photo: Tomas Zuccareno/ESPN Images

Final results for Women’s Skiing Slopestyle were Kaya Turski winning gold, Devin Logan with silver, and Anna Segal with bronze. Returning to Aspen this year as the defending gold medalist, Turski is on a mission and going for the three-peat in Skiing Slopestyle Women’s. Turski came into Winter X Games 15 as the one to beat. She took gold in 2010, proving her dominance of the sport when she threw down the best Skiing Slopestyle run in history, earning the highest score ever given to a man or woman in Skiing Slopestyle at the Winter X Games. Turski has grown her Winter X Games medal count to three, winning two gold and one bronze.

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Kaya Turski in the Women’s Ski Slopestyle press conference at Winter X Games 16. Photo: ESPN Images

At 18-years-old, double-trouble Devin Logan was the only woman to compete in both SuperPipe and Slopestyle at her first Winter X Games in 2011. The Vermont native won the overall year-end AFP title, and will also be competing in the Superpipe this year. Her slopestyle run today impressed the judges with a huge corked 720. She was stoked off a solid run for silver.

Friday’s X Games will feature the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination, Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final, Men’s Skiing SuperPipe Elimination, and Snowboard Big Air Final. 

The Slopestyle competitions will be held under the bright lights and in prime time – a first for any large-scale Slopestyle competition in history. In addition to 16 hours of live programing on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, more than nine hours of Winter X Games Aspen content will be offered on ESPN3.

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Men’s Snowboard Street Practice at Winter X Games 16. January 25th, 2012. Photo: Pete Demos/ESPN Images

Making its debut at the inaugural Winter X Games in 1997 at Big Bear Lake, Slopestyle disciplines were recently approved in July by the International Olympic Committee to be added to the Winter Olympics roster of events, effective in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Slopestyle tests a rider’s ability to handle a variety of terrain by executing freestyle maneuvers down a course filled with a variety of features. The Winter X Games course will contain rails, hips, tabletops and a variety of jumps, allowing riders to combine big air and technical tricks into one run. Riders are judged on amplitude, execution, difficulty of line, landings and use of the course.

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Men’s Snowboard Street Practice at Winter X Games 16. January 25th, 2012. Photo: Pete Demos/ESPN Images

Pro snowboarder, Gretchen Bleiler, tweeted earlier to “watch out for Kelly Clark in the Superpipe… She has been killing it”. We take her word for it, since Clark is the defending champion for X Games Snowboarding SuperPipe. She placed 1st in Winter X 2011 and 2006, 2nd place in Winter X 2009 and 2010, and 3rd place in 2008.

Watch Kelly fight to keep her top spot at 9pm MST, on Friday, January 27th.

For general information and updated athlete lists, log on to www.xgames.com.

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Shannon Marie Quirk is the Director of Digital Media for The Ski Channel & The Surf Channel Television Networks, our host and Editor-In-Chief of TheSurfChannel.com. Shannon has Bachelor of Arts degrees from UCLA in English and Spanish Lit, trained as a photojournalist by the LA Times and TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine, and spent two years documenting backcountry skiing & snowboarding in Patagonia while volunteering for Protect Our Winters. She competes in Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle contests.

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