The X Games action continues across the slopes of Tignes as 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace earned his very first X Games gold medal at his debut appearance at the European X Games. David Wise followed closely with a second place finish and Thomas Krief took third.
After the event concluded, Torin spoke about the significance of his win, saying, “Tonight was the biggest success of my career so far, I can’t believe it happened! It was my goal and it came true. I am looking forward to heading home and looking forward to learning more tricks and then heading to the World Ski Invitational/AFP World Championship.”
Yater-Wallace threw down a brilliant run that consisted of huge amplitude and his signature smooth landings. The young skier actually wrapped up the title up after his first run, but it wasn’t until the third and final attack that Yater-Wallace threw down the big hits that sent his score sky high. The winning run featured two technical double tricks that earned the young skier a whopping 95.00. His run consisted of a right side double cork 1260 guitar grab, right rodeo 900 Japan grab, right cork 900 tail grab, left 1080 cork tail grab, switch right 900 mute. It was a huge, high risk run because of two double tricks.
Teammate David Wise took third with three cork tricks. His run landed him a 90.33 and incorporated a switch let rodeo 1080 jap, right side cork 900 tail grab, left side cork 900 nose grab, ally oop rodeo 540 tail grab, left dub cork 1260 mute.
Wise talked about what’s in store for the future, saying, “Our sport is fun because it goes back and forth a lot there are a lot of people who can win. Next year is going to be exciting when we gear up for the Olympics. We are off to the next contest and Torin and I have almost the same exact results. The AFP Championship is coming up and it’s going to be a bit of a battle. I’m looking forward to it.”
Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) had three great runs, but could not stick his landings and ended up seventh.
Freeskiers end their season at the World Ski Invitational/AFP World Championships in Whistler, BC April 19 – 22.
All in all, U.S. Freeskiing athletes took home five of 12 medals at European X Games. There is no doubt that the USA dominated this year’s European X Games in Tignes!