What Happened at X Games

Highlights, new records, and a tribute to Sarah Burke.
Noah Bowman during men's superpipe finals at the 2012 Winter X Games

Emotions are always high at X Games, but this year’s competition was more powerful than others. Still in shock from the loss of defending halfpipe champion and industry icon Sarah Burke, skiers paid homage to Burke by dedicating their runs to her, flying pieces of “believe in Sarah” flair and speaking to how she would have wanted.

Thursday night, the entire show stopped to pay tribute to Sarah, and what she had done for the sport. She was remembered as a driving force in getting women’s skiing to exist in the same field as men’s as well as a friend and mentor to a wide community of skiers.

Women’s Slopestyle

Kaya Turski three-peated the women’s slope contest by landing a 1080—the first by a woman at Winter X—off the last jump. She beat out Devin Logan, and Anna Segal, who had been leading for most of the competition. Keri Herman finished fourth.

1.)Kaya Turski

2.)Devin Logan

3.)Anna Segal

Men’s Slopestyle

Tom Wallisch, who sat out last year’s competition with a shoulder injury, won this year’s slope event with a record high score of 96.00. He’s undefeated in competition this season. Rookie Nick Goepper, who qualified first, ended up with the silver, and Andreas Håtveit came in third

1.)Tom Wallisch

2.)Nick Goepper

3.)Andreas Håtveit

Men’s Pipe

Young skiers were dominant in Saturday’s men’s halfpipe finals. David Wise, won, making him the first American to do so since Tanner Hall won in 2008. Noah Bowman was second, and Aspen local celebrity Torin Yater-Wallace was third. Defending champion Kevin Rolland finished fourth, and perpetual American heavy hitter Simon Dumont finished sixth.

1.)David Wise

2.)Noah Bowman

3.)Torin Yater-Wallace

Women’s Pipe

Sarah Burke was the defending champion, so the women’s halfpipe event was rough for a lot of people, but the athletes rallied. First place finisher Roz Groenwoud, Burke’s Canadian teammate, dedicated her run to Sarah. Maddie Bowman, came in second and last year’s silver medalist, Brita Sigourney, finished third.

1.) Roz Groenwoud

2.) Maddie Bowman

3.) Brita Sigourney

Big Air

Bobby Brown reclaimed his 2010 big air title, making him the only skier to ever win it twice. He beat out Swiss rookie Kai Mahler and Jossi Wells. Nobody threw a triple. In the final, Sammy Carlson, who was expected to be a favorite, landed a 1620 double-cork badly and was taken off course with a suspected knee injury.

1.) Bobby Brown

2.) Kai Mahler

3.) Jossi Wells


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.

Sarah Burke thumb

X Games Wrap Up

This weekend, the Winter X Games, arguably the biggest event in skiing, took over Aspen. The pioneer of women's pipe skiing regained the podium, Sammy Carlson finally won Slopestyle gold, and a local boy made it big. Here's what went down.

Anna Segal X Games

X Games: An Interview with Anna Segal

Pro freeskier Michelle Parker talks to last year's X Games women's slopestyle winner Anna Segal—who's sitting out this weekend's competition in Aspen due to a knee injury—about teddy bears, after parties, and her picks for top three men and women in slope and pipe.