With Sarah Burke stickers adorned to her helmet, Canadian teammate and close friend, Roz Groenewoud, captured gold in Women’s Ski SuperPipe with a 93.66 – the highest score in the events’ history.
“It means so much,” an emotional Groenewoud said. “After the tribute on Thursday, I am so proud to be a skier. The outpouring of support has been amazing. I felt like I had Sarah with me. She has been a teammate for so long. This is for Sarah.”
After winning the bronze medal the last two years, the gold is Groenewoud’s first in five Winter X Games appearances.
Maddie Bowman, who made her first Winter X Games appearance last year managed three scores in the 90s, her highest a 92.00, won the silver.
“Honestly this is kind of shocking, it is just now sinking in,” an excited Bowman said. “It’s great and I am honored to be able to go out and ski like Sarah would have wanted.”
Last year’s silver medalist Brita Sigourney executed the first 1080 in competition, took home the bronze with a high score of 90.66.
“I am always happy to be on the podium,” Sigourney said. “It was definitely stressful today and I don’t usually ski well under pressure but I pulled it off today.“
The Ski SuperPipe event represents the progression of the sport and showcases the best pipe riders in the world. The SuperPipe course consists of a large halfpipe structure with vertical walls. The course is approximately 567-foot long and 66 feet wide, with 22-foot walls. SuperPipe is judged on amplitude, execution, difficulty, landings and use of the course.
1. Roz Groenewoud 363 Calgary, AB, Canada 93.66
2. Maddie Bowman 360 South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 92.00
3. Brita Sigourney 367 Carmel, Calif. 90.66
4. Anais Caradeux 361 La Clusaz, France 89.00
5. Devin Logan 352 West Dover, Vt. 87.66
6. Keltie Hansen 365 Edmonton, AB, Canada 86.33
7. Dara Howell 350 Hunstville, ON, Canada 70.66
8. Megan Gunning 364 Calgary, AB, Canada 49.00