X Games Aspen 2021 Day One News and Results

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X Games Aspen 2021 Day One News and Results

Anderson Tops Podium Once Again in Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle; Gremaud Wins Gold in Women’s Ski Big Air; Rookie Henricksen Takes Golden Knuckles in Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck; Rookie Gu Wins Two Medals, with Gold in Women’s Ski SuperPipe; Porteous Earns First Gold in Men’s Ski SuperPipe

Action sports made a triumphant return Friday afternoon at Buttermilk Mountain when X Games Aspen 2021 kicked off with Jeep Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe, Women’s Ski Big Air, Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck and Men’s & Women’s Ski SuperPipe. The 20th annual event in Aspen is the first-ever with no spectators in attendance due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, but fans can catch all the action on ESPN, ABC and ESPN2, with exclusive web content across @XGames social and XGames.com. 

In the first competition of the day, Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, kicked off with sunny skies and a fast course. The queen of Slopestyle, Jamie Anderson, took an early lead which held up through the competition. Her fourth run included a backside lipslide on the down-flat-down, a Cab double cork 900 Weddle and a huge backside rodeo stalefish which was the best trick off the final feature. As the only woman competing in three Snowboard disciplines, Jamie kicked off the event with her 16th medal. Coming into the final runs, Laurie Blouin sat in second place and Zoi Sadowski-Synott in third, but Zoi’s technical rail section and huge jumps bumped her up to silver medal position.  

Next up, Swiss skier Mathilde Gremaud took her second gold in Women’s Ski Big Air after throwing down a switch leftside double 1080 tailgrab and a switch double 1440 safety grab – the first time the latter was ever landed by a woman in competition. What might be more impressive – Gremaud crashed in her third run but turned around and attempted her winning trick once more, successfully. Defending X Games Norway 2020 gold medalist Megan Oldham took silver and X Games rookie Eileen Gu, competing in three disciplines her first event, took bronze.

X Games rookie and youngest male competitor at X Games Aspen Dusty Henricksen won the coveted golden knuckles during Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck. The 17-year-old from Mammoth Lakes, Calif. said his favorite trick in the 20-minute jam session was a cab 180 tail press front flip out. Henricksen will compete twice more this weekend: Jeep Men’s Slopestyle tomorrow and The Real Cost Men’s Big Air on Sunday.

Over in the SuperPipe, rookie Eileen Gu added her second medal of the day and took gold in Women’s Ski SuperPipe. The win marks the first gold medal ever won by a Chinese athlete at X Games and the first time a rookie has ever won a gold medal in Women’s Ski SuperPipe. Wth 900s in both directions, a lofty switch 720 and an average amplitude on her best run of 11’3”, Gu bested two-time Women’s Ski SuperPipe gold medalist Cassie Sharpe, who took silver, and defending silver-medalist Rachael Karker, who took bronze. 

The final competition of the night saw New Zealander Nico Porteous earn his first X Games gold medal in Men’s Ski SuperPipe. As the youngest in the field at 19-years old, Nico’s third run jumped him from fourth place to the top spot with back-to-back 1620s and an alley-oop double. Although Alex Ferreira was unable to complete the three-peat, fellow Aspen native Aaron Blunck represented taking home silver and Winter Park, Colo. native Birk Irving won bronze. 

Tomorrow will continue the RLCS X Games: North American Regional. Last weekend, 24 ​Rocket League​ teams stepped onto the ​RLCS X Games ​pitch, and now only 12 remain. North American heavyweights are stacked in the top of the double-elimination bracket. Two-time ​RLCS X Winter Split Regional ​Champions Team Envy, G2 Esports, Rogue, NRG Esports, and Spacestation Gaming all still have two lives heading into this weekend’s competition. With two days left of competition, only one team will rise to be RLCS X Games Champions and earn the RLCS X Games Medals. All RLCS X Games competition is available on the ESPN App.

X Games Aspen continues tomorrow with Jeep Women’s Ski Slopestyle, Jeep Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Pacifico Women’s Snowboard Big Air, The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air and Monster Energy Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Schedules and TV listings available at XGames.com. 

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Grace Coryell     ESPN Communications, 818-585-3696, [email protected] 
Olivia Wilson      ESPN Communications, 904-303-3538, [email protected]

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Results

Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

1. Jamie Anderson (USA)

2. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL)

3. Laurie Blouin (CAN)

4. Julia Marino (USA)

5. Kokomo Murase (JPN)

6. Reira Iwabuchi (JPN)

7. Anna Gasser (AUT)

8. Annika Morgan (GER)

Gold – Jamie Anderson

Silver – Zoi Sadowski-Synnott

Bronze – Laurie Blouin

Women’s Ski Big Air

1. Mathilde Gremaud (SUI)     91

2. Megan Oldham (CAN)         77

3. Eileen Gu (CHN)                  73

4. Caroline Claire (USA)           71

5. Sarah Hoefflin (SUI)              66

6. Isabel Atkin (GBR)                62

Gold – Mathilde Gremaud

Silver – Megan Oldham

Bronze – Eileen Gu

Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck

Gold – Dusty Henricksen

Women’s Ski SuperPipe

1. Eileen Gu (CHN)

2. Cassie Sharpe (CAN)

3. Rachel Karker (CAN)

4. Zoe Atkin (GBR)

5. Devin Logan (USA)

6. Annalisa Drew (USA)

7. Brita Sigourney (USA)

Gold – Eileen Gu

Silver – Cassie Sharpe

Bronze – Rachel Karker

Men’s Ski SuperPipe

1. Nico Porteous (NZL)

2. Aaron Blunck (USA)

3. Birk Irving (USA)

4. Brendan MacKay (CAN)

5. David Wise (USA)

6. Gus Kenworthy (GBR)

7. Alex Ferreira (USA)

8. Noah Bowman (CAN)

Gold – Nico Porteous

Silver – Aaron Blunch

Bronze – Birk Irving

Full Post-Competition Interviews with Medalists

The password for each interview is Xg4mes21!

 

Jeep Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

Jamie Anderson, Zoi Sadowski-Synott & Laurie Blouin

 

Women’s Ski Big Air

Mathilde Gremaud, Megan Oldham & Eileen Gu

 

Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck

Dusty Henricksen

 

Women’s Ski SuperPipe

Eileen Gu, Cassie Sharpe, Rachael Karker

 

Men’s Ski SuperPipe 

Nico Porteous, Aaron Blunck, Birk Irving

 

Video News Release 

During X Games Aspen 2021, ESPN will make available a daily Video News Release with the following video content: Competition footage (Gold, Silver, Bronze runs), Breaking News and Features. The VNR is posted approximately 2 hours after the conclusion of the final competition each day and is for EDITORIAL/NEWS USE ONLY. Footage is NOT for commercial use. To access the content, visit the link (no password required):

http://bit.ly/XGamesAspen2021VNR

  • Highlights of an event can only be displayed during the first week (1) after conclusion of the applicable event – no “in-progress” highlights or archiving of material is permitted.
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  • Any potential usage of highlights not complying with these guidelines must be approved in writing in advance by ESPN.

 

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Olivia Wilson

Based out of Austin, Texas, Olivia Wilson is a senior publicist focusing on X Games as well as ESPN's Esports, Corporate Citizenship, Marketing & Music initiatives. Prior to joining the ESPN Communications team, Wilson worked at a hospitality PR agency in Austin and graduated from Florida State University in 2014.
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