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European X Games: Kevin Rolland Wins Superpipe Gold

Europe's first-ever Winter X Games started today in Tignes, France. Skiing magazine is at the event to bring you the latest details. In today's men's superpipe finals, France's own Kevin Rolland takes the gold.
posted: 03/10/2010
Kevin Rolland Wins Gold
by Megan Michelson

The Winter X Games usually takes place in Aspen in January. This year, for the first time, a European Winter X is also taking place in Tignes, France. And the action started today, with the men's ski superpipe finals held Wednesday under the lights.

The home team clearly had the advantage: Kevin Rolland, from La Plagne, France, took gold and Tignes local Xavier Bertoni took silver. For the win Rolland threw two double flips and a double cork 1260. He earned gold at Winter X in Aspen this winter by being the first skier to ever land this trick in competition. “I couldn’t have dreamt of a better situation,” Rolland said. “We (Bertoni) were one and three in Aspen and now for the first edition at home we are one and two.”

Canada’s Justin Dorey rounded out the top three with back-to-back doubles. “Because I am from North America, the X Games in Aspen means more to me, but for Kevin and Xavier to win here in their own country of France, it must mean the same,” Dorey said.

Full results from men’s ski superpipe. Check back during the week for more updates from Tignes.
1. Kevin Rolland  175  La Plagne, France   95.660 
2. Xavier Bertoni  259  Tignes, France   92.000  
3. Justin Dorey  170  Vernon, Canada  86.660 
4. Mike Riddle  264  Sherwood Park, Canada 85.000
5. Byron Wells  265  Wanaka, New Zealand   84.330
6. Jossi Wells  536  Wanaka, New Zealand  82.660  
7. Tucker Perkins  174  North Hampton, NH, USA 80.330 
8. AJ Kemppainen  261  Kuusamo, Finland  75.330 

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