Slopestyle queen Kelly Sildaru added to her growing legacy yesterday, adding a fourth X Games slopestyle gold to her trophy case. It was her seventh X Games medal in eight appearance, and she tied skateboarder Nyjah Huston and snowboarder Shaun White for the most X Games medals as a teen.
Through four runs on the Aspen slopestyle course, Kelly demonstrated her superior abilities yet again, flawlessly linking up grabbed 900s in all different directions while making short work of the rail section with highly technical combos.
She finished ahead of Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin, who took second place with the help of a big disaster 450 on, 270 out in the rail section and a selection of clean jump tricks including a switch 9 and her polished cork 900 stale. American Maggie Voisin rounded out the podium with 900s in the jumps, and a few big rail tricks including a 450 and switch 450 on.
Missing the podium was American hopeful Caroline Claire, who struggled to land the switch double 900 that helped her win the World Cup Slopestyle in Seiser Alm earlier this month, and Tess Ledeux, who couldn’t put her double cork 12 to her feet. The dub 12 proved problematic for several other competitors, as Mathilde Gremaud and Megan Oldham went down on their attempts as well.
Isabel Atkin skied well to a fourth place finish, while Canadian rookie Megan Oldham made a strong first impression with solid tricks in the rail section backed up with nice jump tricks.