Winter X Games Europe - Thursday results

Thu 11 March 10

Eric Willett takes the gold medal in the slopestyle and Kaitlyn Farrington upsets Olympic champion Torah Bright to take the womens halfpipe at the x-games in Tignes, France

Winter X Games Europe - Thursday results

Winter X Games Europe - Thursday results © Photo: Vianney Tisseau/Shazamm/ESPN Images

Colorado’s Willett Takes the Gold in Snowboard Slopestyle

Tignes, France – Last month, Breckenridge resident Eric Willett took home a silver medal from Snowboard Slopestyle at Winter X Games 14 in Aspen. Today in the men’s final in Tignes, France, Willett upgraded and will bring gold back to his hometown in Colorado.

“I wasn’t really landing my tricks in practice, but somehow it all clicked and came together for me in the final,” Willett said about his win. After his second run put him in the lead, he said, “I had no idea what I was going to do, and I’m so stoked right now. The course is perfect and the riding level is insane.”

Willett threw down a solid second run that put him in the lead for the gold medal with his mixed tricks of backside 720, frontside double cork 1080 and switch backside 900. USA’s Sage Kotsenburg followed close behind to win silver. Marko Grilc of Slovakia took the bronze.

Tignes, France : Slopestyle course at Winter X Games 2010 Europe
Tignes, France : Slopestyle course at Winter X Games 2010 Europe
Photo: Vianney Tisseau/Shazamm/ESPN Images

“Winter X Games Europe has lived up to my expectations,” said Grilc. “It is so great to see the biggest event in action sports come to Europe.”

There were four previous Winter X Games medalists in the final field: Travis Rice, Iouri Podladtchikov, Eric Willet and Chas Guldemond with seven medals among them. Podladtchikov and Christian Haller of Switzerland competed at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Farrington Wins First Gold in Snowboard SuperPipe, Olympic Gold Medalist, Torah Bright, Takes Silver

Tignes, France – Kaitlyn Farrington has competed in the Winter X Games for the past three years, and tonight in the women’s Snowboard SuperPipe final, she leaves Winter X Games Europe with her first gold medal. In a field of six women, four of whom were Olympians, Farrington and Bright went head-to-head for the title.

“I was already psyched after all my runs because I knew, regardless, I was going to be on the podium with Torah,” Farrington said of watching Torah take her last run that would decide the champion.

Torah Bright, Bside Air during pipe qualifications at Winter X 2010 Games Europe
Torah Bright, Bside Air during pipe qualifications at Winter X 2010 Games Europe
Photo: Vianney Tisseau/Shazamm/ESPN Images

Farrington led after her first run then had to bump up her difficulty with a backside 900 in run two when Torah Bright took the lead. Bright’s third run was her best with a combination of tricks that included a backside and frontside 540, backside air and frontside 720.

“X Games is such a huge event to action sports and to have it in France only enhances the culture of action sports on a whole,” Bright said of Winter Games coming to Europe. “That is why I am here to support the first ever Winter X Games Europe – it is history in the making.”

France added another medal to their count as Sophie Rodriguez of Grenoble finished with a bronze.

X-Games Highlights

Results so far

 Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s

Name                                                  Bib #               Hometown                             Score             

1.         Eric Willett                                200                   Breckenridge, Colo., USA          91.00

2.         Sage Kotsenburg                      195                   Park City, Utah, USA                 85.33

3.         Marko Grilc                               102                   Ljubljana, Slovakia                    83.66

4.         Stephan Maurer                         196                   Zikers, Switzerland                    82.66

5.         Chas Guldemond                      193                   Reno, Nev., USA                       70.66

6.         Christian Haller                          103                   Zernez, Switzerland                    67.66

7.         Travis Rice                                198                   Jackson Hole, WY, USA                        50.33

8.         Iouri Podladtchikov                   197                   Zurich, Switzerland                    49.33

 Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s

            Name                                      Bib No.           Hometown                             Score

1.         Kaitlyn Farrington                    135                   Sun Valley, Idaho                     97.00

2.         Torah Bright                             224                   Cooma, Australia                     95.00

3.         Sophie Rodriguez                      275                   Grenoble, France                       87.00

4.         Mercedes Nicoll                        228                   Whistler, Canada                       82.33

5.         Ellery Hollingsworth                   138                   Darien, Conn.                            79.00
6.         Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas            139                   Trondheim, Norway                    78.66


Slopestyle Women's Elimination Results

Top 6 advance to final

Name                         Bib No.            Hometown                  Score
1. Jenny Jones                     115        Bristol, Great Britain       96.33
2. Sina Candrian                  136        Flims, Switzerland           94.33
3. Spencer O'Brien               117        Whistler, Canada             91.33
4. Silje Norendal                  206        Kongsberg, Norway         72.00
5. Sarka Pancochova             229       Uhersky Brod, CZE          68.66
6. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas    139        Trondheim, Norway          65.00
7. Charlotte van Gils             120        Amsterdam, Netherlands  50.66
8. Cheryl Maas                     274        Biarritz, France                46.33
9. Aimee Fuller                     204        Holywood, Great Britain   36.33
10. Tina Ramholt                  208        Villette, Switzerland         20.00
11. Cilka Sadar                     140        Ljubljana, Slovakia          15.66
12. Silvia Mittermueller          116        Munich, Germany            6.00
13. Alicia Bonnaud                 114        Vars Les Claux, France     5.66


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