Hudak grabs gold in Winter X Europe |

Hudak grabs gold in Winter X Europe

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Aspen, CO Colorado
March 12, 2010 - Tignes, France : Women ski superpipe final : Jen HUDAK
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TIGNES, France – Four-time Winter X Games medalist Jen Hudak won her first X Games gold in January in ski superpipe in Aspen. Competing Friday at the inaugural Winter X Games Europe, Hudak led the pack for all three of her runs.

“My win in Aspen was very emotional with all my family and friends surrounding me, and I seemed more nervous,” said Hudak, a Connecticut native and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club post-graduate skier. “Both events were amazing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hudak’s final score was seven points ahead of Canada’s Roz Groenewoud, who previously won bronze at Winter X Games 14 in Aspen. France’s Anais Caradeux won the bronze.

In the eight-woman field, there were four different countries represented: Canada, France, Switzerland and the United States. All of the women in the final had competed at Winter X Games before with a combined total of 12 Winter X Games medals between them.

Before her first Winter X win at Buttermilk in January, Hudak had spent the better part of the previous year recovering from a substantial left knee injury.

“It’s been a long road to recovery and a lot of doubts along the way,” Hudak told The Aspen Times at the time. “This is the best dream you can every imagine.”

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