Rookie Wins X Games 2013 Women's Ski Slopestyle

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 29, 2013 10:36 am

Amazing and unexpected moments occurred during the Finals at the 2013 Aspen X Games Women’s Ski Slopestyle on Sunday. Young and strong female athletes from all over the world truly showed us how it’s done.  

Tiril Sjastad Christiansen X Games 2013

Tiril Sjastad Christiansen finishing the winning run for gold at the Women's Slopestyle Final 2013 | Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images

The stand-out finalist was 17-years-young, rookie Tiril Sjastad Christiansen. Young gun Christiansen, marked her spot in the history books in the 2013 X Games Finals as the youngest gold medalist in the Women’s Ski Slopestyle. Her knowledge and style of skiing is well beyond her years. Christiansen pulled off every rail and air trick gracefully including a cab 520, back-to-back 520s and a 900 tail with a score of 92.00. This rookie from Norway blew away competition and the judges.

Overwhelmed by the accomplishment, Christiansen exclaimed with tears, “It’s unbelievable! I didn’t think I was getting invited here, but to get gold is just unbelievable”.

Kaya Turski X Games Aspen 2013

Kaya Turski doing what she does best | Photo: Pete Morning / ESPN Images

Not to mention, rookie Christiansen defeated 3-time gold medalist Kaya Turski, who attempted to make this year her 4-peat win in Women’s Ski Slopestyle. Despite the fact that Turski fell on her first two runs, she didn’t buckle under pressure in her last run. With a clean downrail grab, 540, switch 720 and switch cork 540, Turski earned a score of 90.00. Still dominant in the sport, Turski proved her undeniable style and skill by placing second.

Turski remained optimistic and commented on her performance, “I am so excited, so relieved, I had a really rough time…falling on a box that didn’t give me trouble all week. I feel like it’s always that way, the stressful ones are the ones you get perfect”.

It was 18-year-old Dara Howell of Canada, who followed Turski with bronze with after powerful runs on the rainbow rail and huge technical tricks. 

Keri Herman X Games Aspen 2013

Keri Herman pumped for Slopestyle Women's Final | Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images

4th place winner, Ashley Batter

sby, had a leg injury from falling on a switch 900 attempt during her last run and finished with a score of 86.66. According to X Games Medical, another competitor, Rose Battersby wiped out on a jump during a warm-up session which resulted in a serious lumbar spine fracture and was transferred to Denver for better care. 

Jamie Crane-Mauzy, proved that you don’t have to win a medal to be a winner. 18-year-old Jamie was the first female to land a double backflip in competition. 

Jamie Crane-Mauzy X Games 2013

Jamie Crane-Mauzy competing in Ski Jeep Slopestyle Women's Final during X Games Aspen 2013. | Photo by Tom Zuccareno / ESPN Images

 Double backflips, spinal injuries, and rookies conquering veterans is an extreme yet realistic combination of events that occur in the X Games. Prepare yourself to see these female athletes in action next year. 

  

WOMEN’S SKI SLOPESTYLE FINAL RESULTS

RANK

NAME

RUN 1

RUN 2

RUN 3

BEST

1

Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen

9.33

91.33

92.33

92.33

2

Kaya Turski

33.66

13.33

90.00

90.00

3

Dara Howell  

21.66

89.33

16.33

89.33

4

Ashley Battersby

28.00

88.66

33.33

88.66

5

Keri Herman 

84.66

88.33

25.66

88.33

Yuki Tsubota

87.66

85.33

30.66

87.66

7

Jamie Crane-Mauzy

15.66

31.66

74.33

74.33

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