Cline Golden Once Again


Aspen, CO, Jan. 20, 2002–The feeling of deja-vu was palpable after the finals of the Women’s Skier X competition at Buttermilk Mountain. Aleisha Cline and Magdalena Jonsson each repeated as gold and silver medallist, respectively, at the ESPN Winter X Games VI. Patti Sherman-Kauf was the only American to earn a medal. The Alta, Wyoming, resident was barely defeated by Jonsson and won the bronze medal.

Cline, of Sun Peaks, B.C., Canada, cemented her place atop the ranks of the Women’s Skier X competitors with her gold medal-winning performance. The gold was Cline’s third in the last four years. She won the gold in 1999, placed sixth in 2000, then bounced back to win the gold again in 2001. Cline is the only competitor to win multiple gold medals in any Winter X skiing discipline.

When Magdalena Jonsson is not speeding down the slopes, the 32-year-old spends her time as a school-teacher in her native Sweden. When she is on the slopes, however, medals usually come her way. Jonsson hasn’t placed lower than fifth in any major competition since 1999.

Patti Sherman-Kauf, 38, was once the most feared competitor on the pro mogul tour. While her focus has shifted in recent years from the slopes to her family, she has not stopped winning competitions. The bronze medal is Sherman-Kauf’s third Winter X Games medal. She also won the bronze in 1999 and 2000.