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European X Games: Kevin Rolland Wins Superpipe Gold

Europe's first-ever Winter X Games started today in Tignes, France. Skiing magazine is at the event to bring you the latest details. In today's men's superpipe finals, France's own Kevin Rolland takes the gold.
Kevin Rolland Wins Gold

The Winter X Games usually takes place in Aspen in January. This year, for the first time, a European Winter X is also taking place in Tignes, France. And the action started today, with the men's ski superpipe finals held Wednesday under the lights.

The home team clearly had the advantage: Kevin Rolland, from La Plagne, France, took gold and Tignes local Xavier Bertoni took silver. For the win Rolland threw two double flips and a double cork 1260. He earned gold at Winter X in Aspen this winter by being the first skier to ever land this trick in competition. “I couldn’t have dreamt of a better situation,” Rolland said. “We (Bertoni) were one and three in Aspen and now for the first edition at home we are one and two.”

Canada’s Justin Dorey rounded out the top three with back-to-back doubles. “Because I am from North America, the X Games in Aspen means more to me, but for Kevin and Xavier to win here in their own country of France, it must mean the same,” Dorey said.

Full results from men’s ski superpipe. Check back during the week for more updates from Tignes.
1. Kevin Rolland 175 La Plagne, France 95.660
2. Xavier Bertoni 259 Tignes, France 92.000
3. Justin Dorey 170 Vernon, Canada 86.660
4. Mike Riddle 264 Sherwood Park, Canada 85.000
5. Byron Wells 265 Wanaka, New Zealand 84.330
6. Jossi Wells 536 Wanaka, New Zealand 82.660
7. Tucker Perkins 174 North Hampton, NH, USA 80.330
8. AJ Kemppainen 261 Kuusamo, Finland 75.330


American Keri Herman won a silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen earlier this year, and today, she earned another silver in slopestyle, thanks to her second run, which included a 540 true tail grab.

European X Games

The European X Games finished up today in Tignes, France, with the women's ski slopestyle and halfpipe and the men's ski slopestyle. North American athletes represented on the podium with Canadian and U.S. skiers winning all three of today's events. Here are photos from the day.

Jess Cummings Action shot

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Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Results1. Andreas Hatveit, Norway, 93.00.  2. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, Pa., 92.38.  3. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 91.13.  4. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 89.50.  5. Elias Ambuhl, Switzerland, 89.00.  6. Jf Houle, Canada, 84.00.  7. Philip Casabon, Canada, 81.50.  8. Sean Jordan, Scranton, Pa., 79.50.  9. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 74.00.  10. Oscar Harlaut, Sweden, 66.75.  11. Tj Schiller, Canada, 16.50.  12. Charles Gagnier, Canada, 12.00.

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