Local quartet aims for gold at X Games Aspen
A host of Lake Tahoe athletes will take on the world’s top skiers and snowboarders this week at X Games Aspen 2015.
From the South Shore Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, Hannah Teter and Elena Hight will look to add to their medal count at the latest version of the X Games, which will take place through Sunday at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. North Shore competitors David Wise, Brita Sigourney, Nate Holland and Chas Guldemond are also expected to take part in the annual event.
Anderson will take the hill in women’s Snowboard Slopestyle as reigning Olympic gold medalist and three-time defending Dew Tour champion in the event. The 24-year-old Sierra-at-Tahoe athlete has nine X Games medals, and won silver at X Games Aspen 2014 after capturing gold in back-to-back Winter X Games.
Bowman enters the women’s Ski SuperPipe competition as reigning Olympic gold medalist, two-time defending gold medalist in Aspen and back-to-back Dew Tour champion in the event. The 21-year-old Sierra-at-Tahoe skier has medaled in four of her last five X Games — and has a silver and bronze to go along with two golds. Sigourney, who skis for Squaw Valley, will try and unseat Bowman as the reigning X Games champion in Women’s Ski SuperPipe.
Squaw will also be represented by Nate Holland in the Men’s Snowboarder X competition. The 36-year-old has won seven gold medals at the X Games.
Wise, who skis for Northstar California, will seek to repeat as the Men’s Ski Superpipe champion at this year’s X Games. The 24-year-old also took home gold in the SuperPipe at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Teter will compete in the women’s Snowboard SuperPipe and Special Olympics Dual Slalom events in Aspen. The 27-year-old Sierra-at-Tahoe boarder has one gold and five bronze medals at the X Games, and will look to return to the podium for the first time since 2012.
Hight will also compete in the women’s Snowboard SuperPipe event. The 25-year-old has five medals in the event — including silver in 2013 at both Winter X Games Tignes and Aspen.
Truckee’s Chas Guldemond is also expected to participate in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event.
X Games Aspen 2015 marks the 19th edition of the winter sports event and 14th consecutive year it has been held in Aspen. That is the longest run at any one city since the event’s inception.
Lake Tahoe Action editor Adam Jensen contributed to this report.
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