The British World Cup Halfpipe and Snowboardcross Teams proved they where World class this weekend (25th – 27th January) when they competed and achieved top results at the Winter X Games, Colorado, USA
Zoe Gillings equalled her best result of the season so far on Saturday when she finished in an impressive 6th place in the Snowboardcross at the 2008 Winter X Games, Aspen, Colorado. Gillings made an excellent start in the final but was wiped out by another competitor at the first banked turn, effectively ending her challenge for victory. Olympic silver medallist and World ranked number one, Lindsay Jacobellis went on to take the title. Zoe is consistently impressing this season, she is currently ranked 6th in the world at only 22 years of age. After the race, Zoe said: “Even though this is one of my best results, I should have done better, I can’t wait to go to Leysin, on Wednesday for the next round of World Cup competitions.”
In the slopestyle finals Jenny Jones narrowly missed out on a podium finish, coming 4th in the finals. The event was won by Jamie Anderson
In the Superpipe final, 23-year old Emma Lonsdale became the first British snowboarder to qualify for the Halfpipe at the X-games. She eventually finished ninth. Her run of grabs and spins was put down with consistency and style and would have taken 5th place in 2007's X Games competition.
Emma said “I’m superstoked with the result and really looking forward to the rest of the season. Entry to the Games [ESPNS X-Games] is strictly by invitation and includes the best riders in their featured disciplines so I am really excited to be here and with my result!” The event was won by Sarah Burke of Canada.