X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four News and Results— Largest Single-Day Crowd in X Games Winter Event History, Goepper Repeats, Dahlström Rules the Rails, Simmons the Fastest up the Hill, Gagnier Goes Big and a New Queen of Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
Saturday was a day of records, as 48,500 – the largest single-day crowd in X Games winter event history – witnessed two record breaking events, a pair of concerts and non-stop action.
The day started on the Ski Slopestyle course with the men up first. The first run of the day turned out to be the best run of the competition, as Nick Goepper won his third- consecutive gold medal with a score of 93.66. Goepper initially failed to qualify for the finals, but made the event after Alex Beaulieu-Marchand withdrew due to injury. Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Joss Christesen grabbed his first X Games Aspen Medal taking the silver with a score of 90.66. Third went to Canadian Alex Bellemare, who had a high score of 85.66.
The ladies were up next on the Slopestyle course with Sweden’s Emma Dahlström separating herself from the competition with her work on the rails to capture gold. Her score of 90.33 on her second run bettered the score of Keri Herman, who finished with a high score of 86.66. The silver for Herman was her third in this event capturing medals in 2010 and 2011. Coming in third was Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Dara Howell. Howell finished the event with a best score of 82.00.
After an 11-year hiatus, Snowmobile HillCross returned to X Games Aspen and Canada’s Ryan Simmons, who had never competed in the discipline, took the top spot. Using his SnoCross background, Simmons took advantage of his quick start to capture the holeshot and pull away from his competitors. The 19-year-old X Games Aspen rookie Justin Thomas, finished behind Simmons for silver and Nathan Titus captured the bronze.
History was made Saturday night, as 14-year-old Chloe Kim defeated snowboarding legend Kelly Clark to claim the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe crown. The youngest gold medal winner ever at a X Games winter event, saved her best for last scoring a 92.00 – two points higher than Clark’s 90.00. The winning run included a switch method cab 900, switchback 720, McTwist and a front 900. Clark’s first run score of 90.00, also set a record for the highest amplitude in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe history at X Games Aspen, reaching an astonishing 16 feet 11 inches. Australia’s Torah Bright score of 78.33 earned her the bronze.
Saturday concluded with GoPro Ski Big Air, where Canada’s Vincent Gagnier put on a high-flying act good for a total score of 91 to easily out pace his competitors. On his first two runs, Gagnier scored a 44 first and then an event high 47 on his second run with a spinning 1260, double bio, double genie and an octo-grab. The silver went to Colorado’s Bobby Brown, with a combined total of 82. Bronze winner Elias Ambühl also scored an 82, but Brown had a higher single run score of 44, compared to Ambühl’s 42.