X Games 15 roundup: Brown takes silver in big air
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Breckenridge skier Bobby Brown came into Winter X Games 15 with a whole lot of hype and extremely high expectations.
He’ll leave Aspen with a silver medal and the bruises to prove that defending a title in Winter X is easier said than done.
After landing his first run in slopestyle Saturday afternoon, Brown fell on both of his last two runs, failing to make the podium in an event he won last year.
Sammy Carlson of Hood River, Ore., won the slope title after posting a monster first run that no one in the eight-man final could match.
“This feels so good. I can’t believe it,” Carlson told The Aspen Times. “The level of skiing is going through the roof, and to be on top right now is such an honor.”
Russ Henshaw was second and Andreas Hatveit was third, just 0.67 points ahead of Brown.
And Brown went limping – literally, he appeared to injure his left hit on that final fall – into Saturday night’s big-air competition.
This time, Brown topped Carlson, 89 points to 87, but X Games rookie Alex Schlopy posted a score no one could match.
Brown had to settle for the silver, wrapping up his third career medal at Winter X. He’s only 19.
The most decorated female athlete in Winter X Games added to her medal collection. Building an enormous lead on Buttermilk’s boardercross course in Saturday’s women’s final, Lindsey Jacobellis won her fourth straight gold in the event. The 25-year-old from Stratton, Vt., now owns seven Winter X Games gold medals – the most of any female competitor.
Chythlook-Sifsof secured silver and Deborah Anthonioz nabbed bronze
Nick Baumgartner won the men’s final, finishing ahead of Kevin Hill (silver) and five-time-defending champ Nate Holland (bronze).
Longtime Frisco resident Scotty Meyer was fourth in Saturday’s mono skier X elimination round, moving on to today’s semifinals. Meyer, considered one of the top athletes in his sport, has never medaled at Winter X.
Josh Dueck was first in the round with a time of 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Meyer was a little more than 21 seconds behind.
The semifinals start at 3 p.m. with the finals beginning at 3:45.
Kelly Clark landed the first-ever 1080 by a woman in competition Saturday night on her way to winning the snowboard halfpipe gold medal.
Clark, known for her extreme amplitude on her jumps, threw the trick as the last hit on her run, landing the three full rotations in front of a monster crowd.
She scored a 92.33 on her first run and finished ahead of fellow U.S. Snowboarding teammates Kaitlyn Farrington (silver) and Elena Hight (bronze).
Defending champ Gretchen Bleiler of Aspen failed to land any of her three runs and finished in sixth.
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