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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.

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Set against a blue sky and a jagged mountain range, the slopestyle course in Tignes included six jumps, compared to the usual four.

Set against a blue sky and a jagged mountain range, the slopestyle course in Tignes included six jumps, compared to the usual four. “This was a great venue,” said Orage marketing manager Mike Nick, who used to compete in X Games events. “And when I looked down at the crowd during the superpipe event, there were so many people, it felt just like Aspen.” At the men’s snowboard superpipe event, event organizers said they expected around 5,000 spectators. Instead, roughly 17,500 people showed up.

Norway's Grete Eliassen, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, placed sixth in the women's slopestyle event, which was held at 9:30 on Friday morning.…

Norway’s Grete Eliassen, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, placed sixth in the women’s slopestyle event, which was held at 9:30 on Friday morning. When asked how the early-morning start affected the course, Grete said, “Normally, you’d never see me in a park at 8:30 in the morning. Powder skiing, yes; but in the park, no. But because it’s early, the snow will be colder and faster, which helps us get more speed off the jumps.”

Kaya Turksi's second run, which included a switch 360, switch onto the box, a 720 grab, and a 540 mute grab, landed her in first place.

Kaya Turksi’s second run, which included a switch 360, switch onto the box, a 720 grab, and a 540 mute grab, landed her in first place. “I’ve been training hard and it paid off,” Turski said. “It was tough getting a line together, and I usually just think of it in my head, but I had to write everything down—a little cheat sheet of the course and the run. I basically decided this morning what I wanted to do for sure, landed it in practice and there you go.”

On her third and final run—despite having already secured the gold on her first and second run—Kaya Turski threw down a switch 900 on the final jump…

On her third and final run—despite having already secured the gold on her first and second run—Kaya Turski threw down a switch 900 on the final jump of the run, a trick she’s been working on for some time. “I could have just taken it mellow, but I decided to up it on my final run,” she said.

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…

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.

Canadian Sarah Burke placed seventh in the women's slopestyle event on Friday morning. When asked about her performance by a television crew, she…

Canadian Sarah Burke placed seventh in the women’s slopestyle event on Friday morning. When asked about her performance by a television crew, she said, “I was feeling sick and wasn’t sure if I was going to compete at all today. But it was a beautiful sunny day and all my friends are out here, so I decided to come out and take it mellow.” Sarah also competed in the women’s superpipe event on Friday afternoon, where she placed sixth.

In the women's ski slopestyle competition held Friday morning, Canadian Kaya Turski took the gold, American Keri Herman won the silver, and American…

In the women’s ski slopestyle competition held Friday morning, Canadian Kaya Turski took the gold, American Keri Herman won the silver, and American Ashley Battersby took the bronze.

Chicago native Ashley Battersby won her first X Games medal in the women's slopestyle. At the press conference following the event, she was asked by…

Chicago native Ashley Battersby won her first X Games medal in the women’s slopestyle. At the press conference following the event, she was asked by a reporter where the after party was and if she had a boyfriend. “I promised all the girls that if I medaled, I’d have my first drink,” said the non-drinking Battersby. “So looks like I’ll be going out tonight. And no, I don’t have a boyfriend.”

Kaya Turski and Keri Herman, first and second place in women's slopestyle, respectively, answer questions during the press conference following…

Kaya Turski and Keri Herman, first and second place in women’s slopestyle, respectively, answer questions during the press conference following Friday’s event. When asked how the long six-jump slopestyle course (most courses have around four features) affected the athletes, Keri said, “It was pretty challenging at first trying to link tricks together over that long a course, but once you got used to it, it was really fun.”

Enjoying a celebratory glass of French wine after her victory in the women's slopestyle event, Canadian Kaya Turksi—who also won gold in slopestyle…

Enjoying a celebratory glass of French wine after her victory in the women’s slopestyle event, Canadian Kaya Turksi—who also won gold in slopestyle at the Aspen Winter X Games in January—said, “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to win an X Games gold.”

When Grete Eliassen signs an Oakley poster of herself for you, she may write,

When Grete Eliassen signs an Oakley poster of herself for you, she may write, “Dear ___ (fill in your name here). Say my name. Grete.” She’s referring to the all-women’s ski movie that she’s currently producing, called Say My Name, which will debut next fall.

Proving he has what it takes to earn an X Games medal, Jossi Wells, from New Zealand, goes big on the slopestyle course. He won bronze on Friday…

Proving he has what it takes to earn an X Games medal, Jossi Wells, from New Zealand, goes big on the slopestyle course. He won bronze on Friday afternoon.

American Tom Wallisch, 22, won his first X Games gold in the men's slopestyle event, held on Friday, while fellow American Bobby Brown took the…

American Tom Wallisch, 22, won his first X Games gold in the men’s slopestyle event, held on Friday, while fellow American Bobby Brown took the silver and New Zealand’s Jossi Wells took bronze. “I always wanted to do well at a huge event like the Winter X Games,” Wallisch said after his win. “This is just incredible to come out here, participate in the first Winter X Games Europe and do well.”

 

After winning both the slopestyle and big air competitions at the Aspen Winter X Games in January, Breckenridge, Colorado resident Bobby Brown took…

After winning both the slopestyle and big air competitions at the Aspen Winter X Games in January, Breckenridge, Colorado resident Bobby Brown took the silver in the slopestyle event at the European Winter X Games.

New Zealand's Jossi Wells had another strong showing in today's slopestyle event, earning himself a bronze medal.

New Zealand’s Jossi Wells had another strong showing in today’s slopestyle event, earning himself a bronze medal.

In the women's ski superpipe event, held on Friday afternoon, American Jen Hudak took the gold, Canadian Roz Groenwoud took the silver, and France's…

In the women’s ski superpipe event, held on Friday afternoon, American Jen Hudak took the gold, Canadian Roz Groenwoud took the silver, and France’s Anais Caradeux won bronze. That’s Jen’s second X Games gold this year—she won gold in the pipe in Aspen as well.