Top skiers and snowboarders invaded Tignes, France to compete in the third annual ESPN Winter X Games Tignes. Competition kicked-off with the women’s Ski Slopstyle and Snowboard SuperPipe final. Breaking a record for the first day of competition, over 30,000 fans attended the early events.
In the Ski Slopestyle final, the woman did not fail to impress. Canada’s Kaya Turski won her third Winter X Games Tignes title with a flawless second place run, which earned her a score of 92.66. Having dominated the event all year, it was clear Turski was the athlete to beat. Her 2012 victory makes her the first athlete to three-peat at any Tignes event.
“I am so excited about three-peating here in Tignes,” Truski exclaimed. “I hope to make an impression in women’s skiing and continue to be part of its progression and growth for years to come. I love this event in Tignes, and I love winning gold again.”
Turski’s winning run included a difficult switch 540 on the flatdown box in the rail garden. In her third and final run, Turski put on a show for spectators with technical victory lap, which included a switch 1080 on the final jump.
Australia’s Anna Segal was the only woman to hit the transfer rail on the bottom of the course, but her efforts were not enough to top Turski’s winning score. Segal finished second with a score of 91.00 and Canada’s Dara Howell finished in third place.
Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe final was equally entertaining as Kelly Clark took to the pipe to defend her gold medal. One of the best women’s half-pipe snowboarders of all time, Clark landed a huge frontside 900, backside 540 and a frontside 1080 in her second run to clinch the gold medal.
“I came to Winter X Games Tignes looking for my personal best, and I am so happy I came here and did it,” the elated Clark commented about her win.
The American’s swept the podium as Elana Hight finished second with a score of 85.00 and Kaitlyn Farrington earned the bronze medal with a score of 81.33.
Winter X Games Tignes continues through Friday, March 16th. Don’t miss the action; 18 hours of coverage will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3 or visit ESPN online.
Feature photo caption and credit: March 14th, 2012 – Tignes, France: Kelly Clark during the Women Snowboard SuperPipe Final at the Winter X Games 2012; ESPN Images.