Aspen’s Yater-Wallace wins Oslo X gold
The Aspen Times
Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace, who launched his career out of the Winter X Games superpipe in Aspen, traveled to Norway to collect Winter X gold.
Yater-Wallace won the inaugural men’s ski superpipe at the Winter X Games in Oslo last weekend.
Fellow Aspenite Alex Ferreira won the silver medal and Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy won bronze to give the United States — and Colorado — a 1-2-3 sweep in the closing event of the 2016 Oslo X Games.
Yater-Wallace posted his winning score of 95.00 on his second run, knocking Ferreira from the gold position.
Ferreira had posted a 93.33 in his opening run in Oslo late Sunday night.
Kenworthy was third at 90.33.
David Wise of Reno, Nevada, finished just out of the medals in fourth place.
The medal was the fourth Europe Winter X medallion for Yater-Wallace. He won X Games gold in 2012 and 2013 in Tignes, France. He won bronze in Tignes in 2011.
Yater-Wallace also has won three Winter X Games medals in Aspen — two silvers and a bronze.
The other final event on the closing day of the Oslo Winter X Games was the women’s ski superpipe, won by Cassie Sharpe of Canada.
Sharpe finished fourth in Aspen this year in Winter X.
Maddie Bowman, who has won three golds in a row at Aspen Winter X, won the silver in Oslo. Ayana Onozuka of Japan won bronze.
The Oslo Winter X Games also featured a number of other athletes who have won medals in Aspen.
Chloe Kim of California won the women’s snowboard superpipe over rival and snowboarding icon Kelly Clark.
Colorado’s Arielle Gold won the bronze medal in Oslo.
Ayuma Hirano of Japan won gold in men’s snowboard superpipe with Iouri Podladtchikov second.
Chase Josey of Sun Valley, Idaho, won the bronze.
Home country favorite Tiril Sjastad Christiansen won the women’s ski big air competition, staged on a giant jump constructed in downtown Oslo. Johanne Killi, also of Norway, was second; Emma Dahlstrom of Sweden finished third.
Kelly Sildaru, the 13-year-old from Estonia who won the ski slopestyle at Aspen Winter X, finished fourth in the inaugural big air event in Oslo.
Henrik Harlaut of Sweden won the men’s ski big air with Fabian Bosch of Switzerland second.
Kenworthy won bronze.
In snowboarding big air for men, Japan’s Yuki Kadono winning gold.
Max Parrot of Canada, the Aspen winner this year, was second. Billy Morgan of Great Britain was third.
In women’s snowboard big air, Cheryl Maas of France won with New Zealand’s Christy Prior in second.
The bronze went to Kjersti Oestgard Bueaas of Norway.
The Oslo Winter X Games also included indoor skateboarding competitions for men and women.
The skateboarding street events were staged on a special “street” course inside the warehouse-like facility.
Oslo, according to reports, also had huge attendance at all events, including a crowd of 14,000 for big air.
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