The X Games competition venue at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (photo: ESPN)

Hight Wins X Games Halfpipe Gold

Aspen, CO – American women took two of the three podium spots in snowboard halfpipe at the X Games on Saturday night. Elena Hight, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., won her first X Games gold medal and fellow Californian Chloe Kim earned bronze.  China’s Xuetong Cai separated the two with the silver medal.

In a contest where only six of 18 runs were landed, Hight rose above the field by being the only athlete to land both of her passes. She put down a highly technical run that included a back-to-back 900 combo and an alley-oop backside rodeo. The 27-year-old already owns three silver and two bronze medals but it was her first gold in 13 appearances.

The X Games competition venue at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (photo: ESPN)
The X Games competition venue at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (photo: ESPN)

Kim, who was the three-time defending gold medalist, also put down a technical run full of switch tricks but it wasn’t enough to top the field in 2017.

Seven-time X Games halfpipe champion Kelly Clark, of West Dover, Vt., finished just off the podium in fourth.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
X Games Aspen 2017
Aspen, CO – Jan. 28, 2017
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe

Rank Name Run 1 Run 2 Best
1 Elena Hight 76.66 87.33 87.33
2 Xuetong Cai 85.00 39.33 85.00
3 Chloe Kim 13.33 81.00 81.00
4 Kelly Clark 10.66 72.66 72.66
5 Jiayu Liu 71.66 17.33 71.66
6 Arielle Gold 15.33 51.66 51.66
7 Maddie Mastro 31.33 30.66 31.33
8 Hannah Teter 22.33 24.33 24.33

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