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