Serwa Unseats Four-time Champ David in Women’s Skiercros
Published: 7:05 p.m., January 30, 2011
From ESPN Event Media — As Kelsey Serwa raced around the course with the lead, she knew four-time winner Ophelie David would be closing. As the racers neared the final jump, the speed increased and Serwa went all out. She landed on her back, but she crossed the finish line first and captured the gold in Women’s Skier X.
“I knew the girls were close behind,” said Serwa. “I knew if I sent it off the jump I would cross the finish line on my back. I went for it and I am stoked to take away the gold medal.”
Serwa’s win ended David’s attempt at five-straight Skier X victories.
“Of course missing out on winning five-in-a-row is really disappointing,” said David. “The final was really intense and the others competitors are great — they ski so well and so fast with no fear.”
Switzerland’s Fanny Smith took home the bronze.
“I felt good, it was tough but I’m happy with my finish,” said Smith. “It was nice to finish in the final heat.”
1. Kelsey Serwa, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 1:28.830
2. Ophelie David, Alpe D’Huez, France, 1:29.162
3. Fanny Smith, Villars-Gyron, Switzerland, 1:29.367
4. Danielle Poleschuk, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1:31.588
5. Julie Jensen, Oslo, Norway, 1:33.704
6. Hedda Berntsen, Oslo, Norway, DNF
Teller Wins Skiercross Gold
Published: 6:12 p.m., January 30, 2011
By Amy Gard
The American Ski Cross Association’s John Teller established himself as a force to be reckoned with at Winter X Games Sunday, edging out Canada’s Chris Del Bosco in the Skier X finals to take home the gold medal.
Del Bosco led the majority of the race, only to be passed by Teller on the second-to-last corner, who won by not even a full ski’s length. Casey Puckett, executive director of ASCA, took bronze after not being on a ski cross course since the Olympics last February.
“It feels amazing, especially in front of a home crowd,” said Teller. “All our races have been in Europe for the World Cup so to do it here is amazing. I’ve got a lot of family and friends here and it’s just incredible.”
The 27-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident took the podium at the World Cup in St. Johann, Austria, Jan. 7, becoming the first American to win a World Cup.
One hot topic of discussion before the race was the potential for Puckett to be the oldest Skier X gold medalist in X Games history. “I missed the timing on my start,” said Puckett. “I was still skiing well but I wasn’t fast enough to be able to catch those guys. Really about halfway down I just started rooting for Teller to overtake Del Bosco. I was rooting for Teller and just waiting for an opportunity. If those guys messed up I was going to capitalize but it didn’t happen,” he added, laughing. “I’m psyched to win a bronze medal at 38.”
American Ski Cross athletes Pat Duran and Biche Rudigoz were eliminated in the first round of races, while ASCA board member Daron Rahlves was knocked out of the running in a heat including both Teller and Del Bosco in the semifinals. Teller finished second in both the quarterfinals and semifinals and was able to use the races to formulate a strategy for getting by Del Bosco. “In the semifinals I kind of came behind him and was looking at areas that I might be able to pass him, and I was able to make one stick (in the finals),” Teller said.
The ASCA athletes will be heading to Deer Valley for another World Cup on Feb. 4.
1. John Teller, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 1:21.167
2. Chris Del Bosco, Vail, Colo., 1:21.197
3. Casey Puckett, Aspen, Colo., 1:21.979
4. Stan Rey, Whistler, BC, Canada, 1:23.236
5. Errol Kerr, Truckee, Calif., 1:23.908
6. Brian Bennett, Quesnel, BC, Canada, 1:24.478
7. Davey Barr, Whistler, BC, Canada, 1:23.148
8. Jouni Pellinen, Helsinki, Finland, 1:23.362
9. Daron Rahlves, Truckee, Calif., 1:23.918
10. Kenji Kono, Nozawa Onsen, Japan, DQ
Art: Slopestyle, Big Air
Published: 12:14 p.m., January 30, 2011
Schlopy, Brown, Carlson 1-2-3 in Big Air
Published: 10:14 p.m., January 29, 2011
From ESPN Event Media — X Games rookie Alex Schlopy beat out big dogs Bobby Brown and Sammy Carlson to win the gold in Big Air tonight with a score of 92.
“I can’t believe this,” said Schlopy as he grinned ear-to-ear. “I came in thinking I was just going to go as big as possible. I just wanted to put on a great show at the X Games. That’s what it’s all about.”
With the win, Schlopy carried on the family tradition of successful skiing. His mom, Holly Flanders, is a two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup downhill winner. Schlopy knocked off last year’s gold medalist Bobby Brown, whose score of 89 was good enough for the silver medal.
“I was feeling great during Big Air and I am just stoked I am on the podium with these two guys,” said Brown. “It was a great show and I am pumped.” Sammy Carlson, who earlier today captured the gold in Skiing Slopestyle, grabbed the bronze medal with a score of 87.
Big Air Results
1. Alex Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 92
2. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89
3. Sammy Carlson, Hood River, Ore., 87
4. Elias Ambühl, Masein, Switzerland, 83
5. Jacob Wester, Taby, Sweden, 30
Sammy Carlson Upgrades to X Games Gold in Slopestyle; Bobby Brown 4th
Published: 6:04 p.m., January 29, 2011
From ESPN Event Media — The sun going down over Buttermilk Mountain provided a stunning backdrop to Saturday afternoon’s Men’s Skiing Slopestyle final. But it also made for difficult skiing conditions as flat light and shadows played menace. Sammy Carlson was not to be denied, as he grabbed his first career gold at Winter X Games 15.
“This feels amazing,” said an overwhelmed Carlson, who has won silver in this event twice. “To win this event is my dream, my one dream in life and I did it. My whole family is here, it’s just amazing.”
Carlson’s winning run was his first run, a trip down the Slopestyle course that included a rail section 270 joystick grab, kangaroo flip, double rodeo 900, double flat 900 and a double cork 1080. “I can’t believe it. I was so stoked my first run held up,” said Carlson who scored a 93.33 on his winning run. “The level of competition is getting so high.”
Russ Henshaw, who qualified first for the finals, nabbed the silver with a score of 90.66, also during the first run. Norway’s Andreas Hatveit, who was the silver medalist last year, grabbed the bronze with a 90.00. Last year’s winner Bobby Brown finished fourth.
1. Sammy Carlson, Hood River, Ore., 93.33
2. Russ Henshaw, Jindabyne, Australia, 90.66
3. Andreas Håtveit, Sudndalen, Norway, 90.00
4. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89.33
5. Henrik Harlaut, Are, Sweden, 86.33
6. Elias Ambühl, Masein, Switzerland, 74.66
7. Phil Casabon, Shawinigan, QC, Canada, 58.66
8. Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo., 49.66
Rolland Takes Men’s Superpipe, Yater-Wallace, Dumont 2-3
Published: 10:02 a.m., January 29, 2011
From ESPN Event Media — After his first two runs ended in falls, Kevin Rolland delivered on his third attempt to repeat his gold medal performance in Men’s Skiing SuperPipe Friday. Rolland executed a double 1260, an alley oop 360 and a switch 900, scoring 93.66.
“Greatest night of my life,” Rolland said. “I won last year but this is better cause I fell on my first 2 runs but the last run I landed on my feet. This is crazy.”
Rolland held off Aspen native Torin Yater-Wallace, 15, who became the youngest male competitor to win a medal at Winter X Games.
“I don’t even believe this is real,” Yater-Wallace said of his silver medal performance.
Simon Dumont’s second run score of 90.33 earned him the bronze.
“I got a lower score than I expected but I feel pretty good,” Dumont said. “I think I had all I needed to bring home the gold but I just didn’t do it.”
1. Kevin Rolland, La Plagne, France, 93.66
2. Torin Yater-Wallace, Aspen, Colo., 92.66
3. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 90.33
4. Duncan Adams, Breckenridge, Colo., 86.00
5. Thomas Krief, Alpe D’Huez, France, 83.33
6. Justin Dorey, Vernon, BC, Canada, 65.33
7. David Wise, Reno, Nev., 56.66
8. Xavier Bertoni, Tignes, France, 40.66
Ski Cross Helmet Cam: Last Jump is a Freakin’ Doozy!
Published: 4:02 p.m., January 28, 2011
We’ve been seeing some sick helmet cam footage coming off the X course, like this one: GoPro Uncut: Skiercross X Games 15 – Stan Rey & the Canadian National Team:
Also, results from men’s and women’s skiercross qualifying from earlier today:
Top 24 Advance to Quarterfinals
1. Chris Del Bosco, Vail, Colo., 1:22.52
2. Casey Puckett, Aspen, Colo., 1:24.48
3. Jouni Pellinen, Helsinki, Finland, 1:24.59
4. John Teller, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 1:24.84
5. Errol Kerr, Truckee, Calif., 1.24.95
6. Dave Duncan, Golden, BC, Canada, 1:24.97
7. Brian Bennett, Quesnel, BC, Canada, 1:25.02
8. Daron Rahlves, Truckee, Calif., 1:25.25
9. Tomas Kraus, Decin, Czech Republic, 1:25.29
10. Nik Zoricic, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1:25.34
11. Stan Rey, Whistler, BC, Canada, 1:25.48
12. Davey Barr, Whistler, BC, Canada, 1:25.76
13. Filip Flisar, Maribor, Slovenia, 1:25.85
14. Arnaud Bovolenta, Areches-Beaufort, France, 1:26.04
15. Bastian Juell, Oslo, Norway, 1:26.06
16. Tommy Eliasson, Boden, Sweden, 1:26.20
17. Thomas Borge Lie, Oslo, Norway, 1:26.41
18. Kenji Kono, Nozawa Onsen, Japan, 1:26.55
19. Scott Kneller, Jindabyne, Australia, 1:26.23
20. Biche Rudigoz, Ketchum, Idaho, 1:27.21
21. Stanley Hayer, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1:27.40
22. Trevor Ricioli, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 1:27.80
23. Sylvain Miaillier, Alpe D’Huez, France, 1:28.14
24. Pat Duran, Fayson, Vt., 1:28.17
25. Jonas Devouassoux, Argentiere, France, 1:28.63
26. Peter Whelan, London, Great Britain, 1:28.68
27. Ethan Fortney, Tenino, Wash., 1:30.30
All Nine Advance to Semifinals
1. Kelsey Serwa, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 1:31.293
2. Fanny Smith, Villars-Gryon, Switzerland, 1:31.688
3. Julia Murray, Whistler, BC, Canada, 1:31.754
4. Ophelie David, Alpe D’Huez, France, 1:32.414
5. Danielle Poleschuk, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1:32.707
6. Hedda Berntsen, Oslo, Norway, 1:33.455
7. Julie Jensen, Oslo, Norway, 1:34.600
8. Marte Gjefsen, Lillehammer, Norway, 1:40.733
9. Nori Fukushima, Nagano, Japan, 2:28.494
Women’s Superpipe Finals Photos
Published: 3:13 p.m., January 28, 2011
Sarah Burke Wins Women’s Superpipe Finals
Published: 11:13 p.m., January 27, 2011
From ESPN Event Media — After a sixth place finish in 2010, Sarah Burke is back atop the podium winning the gold medal in Women’s Skiing SuperPipe at Winter X Games 15.
Last year was one to forget for Burke. The reigning queen of the Skiing SuperPipe had won three consecutive gold medals coming into last year, but a disappointing finish had her determined to return to the top. But the path to victory wasn’t easy, as she was the final qualifier for the finals.
“This comp was very fun to watch,” Burke said. “Qualifiers were hard, but tonight I was relaxed and having fun. My run felt really good especially my 900. It just clicked and I think that set me apart.”
The winning score came on her second run where she executed the 900, back-to-back flairs and a 720 for a score of 91.33. The gold is her sixth X Games medal and her fourth in Skiing SuperPipe.
Winter X Games rookie Brita Sigourney captured the silver medal with a top score of 86.00.
“I tried not to let the nerves get the best of me,” an excited Sigourney said. “I came out here to have a blast and that’s what I did. So I’m just stoked with the result because I was enjoying every minute of it.”
Calgary, Alberta, Canada native Roz Groenewoud won her second-consecutive bronze medal with a score of 84.00.
Women’s Superpipe Finals
1. Sarah Burke, Whistler, BC, Canada, 91.33
2. Brita Sigourney, Carmel, Calif., 86.00
3. Roz Groenewoud, Calgary, AB, Canada, 84.00
4. Anais Caradeux, La Clusaz, France, 82.33
5. Jen Hudak, Aspen, Colo., 78.00
6. Devin Logan, West Dover, Vt., 68.33
Sammy Carlson Interview: On today’s big air practice, slopestyle prelims and tomorrow’s Powder Video Awards
Published: 10:42 p.m., January 27, 2011
We caught up with Sammy Carlson—who today qualified for the slopestyle finals (in 3rd), practiced a bit for the big air (“I wasn’t feeling it at all”) and tomorrow will be attending the Powder Video Awards (he’s nominated for Best POV, Best Manmade Air and Best Male Performance)—about these and other things.
On Big Air Practice
“It was pretty sh-tty to be honest. The jump’s pretty sh-tty. I wasn’t feeling it at all. It’s ahrd to explain, but you’d get tons of pop coming into it, all snappy, snappy, snappy, but then the last five feet before the lip you’d lose it. Set up, set up, ready to pop your trick, and then it’d disappear. That make sense? So it’s really hard to set up your trick. But, it’s an easy fix. They just need to make some changes. So it was a pretty mellow practice for everybody.”
“I’m trying to stay positive about it. The X Games crew always fixes it up good, so I’m sure it’ll be good the next time we practice on it. If we do practice, I’m not sure if we even do?”
Powder.com: Tricks? “There’s definitely gonna be some guys going for triple corks for sure.”
Are you one of them? “I’m not sure. As of right now, no. It depends on how the jump is.”
Who’s done the triple cork? “I think just Bobby [Brown] and I. And I haven’t heard him talking about, but I’m sure he’s got in it right in his back pocket. There’s also talk in the grapevine that Henrik [Harlaut] might try one. But that could just be the word on the streets. And Russ too. And he’s gonna stomp it. That’s my prediction.”
In the event of multiple triple corks… who wins? “We’ll see. I have no idea. It’s gonna be crazy, that’s for sure. There’s gonna be multiple guys throwing down.”
Slopestyle prelims? “Today’s qualification round was super gnarly. I qualified third, so that’s a good way to get in, to have a good spot for the final. It’s nice not to drop in first… Just the level is crazy this year, definitely like no other contest. People were throwing multiple double corks in runs and not even making it in; right there, that shows the level.”
Fun atmosphere or super serious out there? “It’s both. It’s a lot of fun on the course, but when it’s time to put it down it can be stressful. We’ve all had enough practice time that it’s mellow enough, but when you’re riding that hard, it’s not too much of a joke. You’ve got to be on it. I mean, we all do it because it’s fun and we try to keep it as mellow as possible.. But, like on my last run, I was on the [qualifying] bubble with Bobby Brown dropping behind me—that was pretty stressful. We train all year pretty much for this one contest and it’s devastating if you don’t make it to the finals.”
Powder Awards? “I’m going for sure. I won’t be able to make a late night of it, but I’ll be there. Who wins?”
Are the TGR boys coming? “I don’t think the Jones are going to make it. So I’m supposed to go and accept an award—if they get one. Well, Sage [Cattabriga-Alosa] and some other guys will be there, but we’re supposed to take point on it. Wish us luck, right?”
Photo Dump: Dudes slopestyle prelims
Published: 9:22 p.m., January 27, 2011
Turski, Herman, Eliassen 1-2-3 in Women’s Slopestyle Finals
Published: 3:20 p.m., January 27, 2011
From ESPNeventmedia — On her first run in Women’s Slopestyle Skiing, Canada’s Kaya Turski set the pace with a score of 93.66. That score held through the remaining two rounds, earning her a second-consecutive gold medal in the event.
“I feel elated right now,” Turski said of her back-to-back wins. “I put a lot of pressure on myself. The level of competition here is so high, all the girls killed it. I luckily had a good first run, a great cab 7 and nailed the cannon. That really eased the pressure.”
Turski held off hard-charging Keri Herman, whose final run score of 93.33 earned her the silver medal.
“It was amazing, the competition, the girls were throwing it down, the most tight tricks I’ve ever seen,” Herman said. “It’s so good that the level’s up so high, it’s really motivating, I really had to step up my game. It was just incredible today.”
Grete Eliassen, who spent most of the season focusing on her movie, took home her second-consecutive bronze medal with a top score of 93.00.
“It’s awesome to win again,” Eliassen said. “I spent most of my season focusing on “Say My Name,” so it is cool to come back and progress after that.”
Winter X Games 15 marks the 10th year of Skiing Slopestyle. Using the same course as snowboarders, skiers showcase their freestyle skills on a variety of obstacles including rails, kickers, jumps and gaps. Skiers are judged on creativity, trick completion and style.
Breaking Down Men’s Slopestyle Prelims with Gus Kenworthy and Bobby Brown
Published: 2:20 p.m., January 27, 2011
After bobbles on his first two runs, defending champion Bobby Brown squeaked into the men’s ski slopestyle finals this morning with a clean, if conservative, third run during Day 2 at X Games in Aspen.
“I watched all the riders’ first runs and then I fell, and didn’t care anymore about anyone else’s runs. So I was selfish, trying to do my own thing, and that’s what you’ve gotta do sometimes,” Brown said in an interview with Powder.com.
Russ Henshaw owned the session with X-rookie Gus Kenworthy qualifying second and Sammy Carlson third. Andreas Hatveit, Brown, Henrik Harlaut, Elias Ambuhl and Phil Casabon rounded out the qualifiers as the field of 15 was culled to eight for Saturday’s finals. (Results below.)
Kenworthy and Brown offered some insights in interviews as ti how it all went down—
• “There’s three perfect jumps in a row and people are getting insane on them—double corks in both directions. My jumps are pretty technical, but not quite on the level as some of the guys, so I was trying to throw down on the rails as hard as I could even if my jumps weren’t as strong of some of the other guys’.”
• “First jump I did a left-side double cork 12, second jump switch right 1080 and then switch left double cork 1080. … I really didn’t know what to expect, this being my first X Games. I knew in the back of my head I’d make the finals, but I don’t know if I knew I’d finish as high as I did.”
• “Obviously Russ Henshaw skied amazingly. Both his first and second runs he landed perfectly, double corks in both directions. Sammy qualified third—right-side rodeo into two doubles. And guys like Bobby Brown, I know he’s gonna throw down hard in finals.. He landed sketchy on his first run and second run he fell on the rails; third one he squeezed in a good run, in fifth, but I know he’s gonna have an insane run in finals.”
• “Course is really awesome. You couldn’t really ask for a better day to compete on— blue skies but not so warm that the jumps were losing speed. It’s got a great flow, but the jumps are so tight you’ve got to be dialed in. Definitely one of the best slopestyle courses I’ve ever skied. … Practice tomorrow.”
• “It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. First run was going great, but during a double cork 12 I put my hand down; really low score. And second run I fell on a rail; fell off the downrail. So third run I put down a mellow one, and I’m stoked that I made it in.”
• “Nerves, for sure. Cameras everywhere, a lot of emphasis on me, and I let that get to me a little bit. But third run worked out, and I’m going to try and do that in finals.”
• “Everyone’s killing it all the time and any of us could win. But it comes down to finals day. And I’m doing a completely different run from top to bottom, and a lot more technical, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s gonna be bringing out the switch double misty 1260 and three doubles in my run—not two, like I did today.”
• “It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever skied for sure, and it’s allowing everyone to throw down crazy tricks. I’m definitely not as stoked as I would be if I’d done better, because now I’m not in the best position But I’m just gonna stick to the plan today and not worry what everyone else is doing and do my own thing.”
Earlier Powder.com X Games coverage:
• X Files: Day 1, January 26
• America Skiercross at X Games, January 26
• Schedule and Details
• More over at ESPN.com/Action and Newschoolers.com