South Lake Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman wins ski superpipe silver at X Games Oslo
OSLO, Norway — Americans delivered strong results on foreign soil at X Games Oslo 2016 last week, Feb. 24-28. South Lake Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman led the U.S. women with a silver medal in ski superpipe Sunday, Feb. 28.
Bowman, who won gold in halfpipe last month in Aspen, used three versions of the 900 (though not on her highest-scoring run) to earn silver — her third run scored an 85.33 and featured a left 900, right 900, left 540 tail, right 720 and switch 720. It was her seventh overall X Games medal.
“I just came out and gave it everything I had,” Bowman said. “I had a good night and I was happy to get three nines in there.”
In women’s snowboard big air, South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson finished sixth. Anderson went big on both attempts, but failed to stick the landing each time — including a hard fall on her first attempt.
It was an American sweep for the men Sunday night with Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colorado) making a triumphant return to the top of the X Games ski superpipe podium, followed by good friend Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colorado) in the silver-medal position and Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colorado) in bronze.
It has been a long trek for Yater-Wallace, widely considered one of the greatest talents of his sport, since he won gold at X Games Tignes in 2013. A series of injuries have kept him sidelined at times throughout the past several years, but it was his recent battle with a life-threatening case of Streptococcus that was the most serious.
“It was a hard start to the season,” Yater-Wallace said. “I had to deal with some illnesses, but I’ve been on skis as much as I can and been enjoying time at home riding in Aspen.”
Cleared to ski again in January, Yater-Wallace proved that he was ready to return to the top of the international ranks. His performance in Oslo featured enormous amplitude and culminated with an alley-oop double flatspin 1080 — the trick of the night.
More than half of the 20-man field at X Games Oslo was comprised of American skiers, including Reno’s David Wise (fourth place) and South Lake Tahoe’s Kyle Smaine (eighth).
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