Emotions are always high at X Games, but this year’s competition was more powerful than others. Still in shock from the loss of defending halfpipe champion and industry icon Sarah Burke, skiers paid homage to Burke by dedicating their runs to her, flying pieces of “believe in Sarah” flair and speaking to how she would have wanted.
Thursday night, the entire show stopped to pay tribute to Sarah, and what she had done for the sport. She was remembered as a driving force in getting women’s skiing to exist in the same field as men’s as well as a friend and mentor to a wide community of skiers.
Kaya Turski three-peated the women’s slope contest by landing a 1080—the first by a woman at Winter X—off the last jump. She beat out Devin Logan, and Anna Segal, who had been leading for most of the competition. Keri Herman finished fourth.
Tom Wallisch, who sat out last year’s competition with a shoulder injury, won this year’s slope event with a record high score of 96.00. He’s undefeated in competition this season. Rookie Nick Goepper, who qualified first, ended up with the silver, and Andreas Håtveit came in third
Young skiers were dominant in Saturday’s men’s halfpipe finals. David Wise, won, making him the first American to do so since Tanner Hall won in 2008. Noah Bowman was second, and Aspen local celebrity Torin Yater-Wallace was third. Defending champion Kevin Rolland finished fourth, and perpetual American heavy hitter Simon Dumont finished sixth.
Sarah Burke was the defending champion, so the women’s halfpipe event was rough for a lot of people, but the athletes rallied. First place finisher Roz Groenwoud, Burke’s Canadian teammate, dedicated her run to Sarah. Maddie Bowman, came in second and last year’s silver medalist, Brita Sigourney, finished third.
1.) Roz Groenwoud
2.) Maddie Bowman
3.) Brita Sigourney
Bobby Brown reclaimed his 2010 big air title, making him the only skier to ever win it twice. He beat out Swiss rookie Kai Mahler and Jossi Wells. Nobody threw a triple. In the final, Sammy Carlson, who was expected to be a favorite, landed a 1620 double-cork badly and was taken off course with a suspected knee injury.
1.) Bobby Brown
2.) Kai Mahler
3.) Jossi Wells