Hight grabs bronze medal at X Games
Elena Hight saved her best run for last in the Winter X women’s superpipe finals on Saturday night in Aspen, Colo.
With the largest single-day X Games crowd looking on, Hight uncorked a run that was good for a bronze medal — her second such medal in eight years of coming to the event.
The South Lake Tahoe rider scored 80.00 to finish behind Kelly Clark and Kaitlyn Farrington.
“I always come out to here to have fun, and it’s just good to do this in front of this crowd,” Hight said.
In front of a Winter X Games single-day record crowd of 41,800, Kelly Clark executed the first-ever 1080 in women’s snowboard superpipe history to capture the gold.
“It was an incredible night,” Clark said. “I would have been happy to do either tonight, win the gold or do the 1080. So to do both is incredible.”
With the win, Clark captured her eighth Winter X Games medal, more than any other woman in the superpipe.
The 21-year-old Farrington won the silver medalwith a score of 85.66, which she attained on her first run.
“I was super excited to just land my first run,” said an exuberant Farrington. “I knew that I could just go for it after that and do what I wanted to do with a solid run under my belt. I am just really excited.”
Last year’s winner and Aspen native, Gretchen Bleiler finished sixth.