Bleiler rebounds at California Grand Prix |

Bleiler rebounds at California Grand Prix

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT, Calif. ” Aspen’s Gretchen Bleiler rebounded from her horrible crash at the Winter X Games in fine fashion Saturday, placing third in the first event since her now-famous wreck at Buttermilk.

Bleiler, just edged out by winner Hannah Teter and runner-up Kelly Clark, put together a solid first run “including landing a 900, the trick she fell on at the X Games.

“I was nervous,” Bleiler said. “But when I got the 9 in and landed, and I finished my run, it helped a lot. Now it’s onward to the rest of the season.”

The men’s winner, Breckenridge’s Steve Fisher, credited his scraggly beard … or at least let it distract from the fact that it was the two-time Winter X Games superpipe gold medalist’s first win of the season, after a number of runner-ups.

“I was thinking about shaving it,” he said. “But now it’s my lucky beard.”

It was a long time coming for Fisher, who last won a Grand Prix at the start of the 2008 season in Breckenridge. He threw a frontside air, backside 900, frontside 1080, cab 1080 and another frontside 900 to take the win.

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