Aspen, Colo.(X Games Press Release)—It wasn't the event he planned on winning, but TJ Schiller will take the gold anyway.
With snowfalls blanketing the Slopestyle course on Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen/Snowmass, the Skiing Slopestyle Final became Skiing Best Trick. Instead of riding the full course, all 20 competitors took two runs on its final jump, taking the best of two scores. Schiller (Vernon, BC, Canada) went big with a switch nose 1080 on his first jump, good enough for a 91.33 and the gold.
"I was pretty bummed we couldn't have Slopestyle. I was really working on my rail tricks, Schiller said. "Then mother nature decided to dump a foot of snow on us, so there's nothing you can do about it. But it was a great show, and it was really great to be here.
"We do this kind of thing all the time, he said about Best Trick, "whether it's in competition, or just riding the mountain.
Charles Gagnier (Victoriaville, QC, Canada), who landed a switch 1080 mute grab to take the silver, believed the elements were definitely a challenge.
"The final run was hard because we were waiting so long, I really didn't know what would happen. By the second run, I got over it, Gagnier said. "Watching the other guys doing it, I got really pumped up. I felt I had to go big.
Andreas Hatveit (Sundalen, Norway) overcame sore ribs suffered at the US Open of Skiing to take the bronze with a switch true tail 1080 and a score of 87.66. His excitement at finishing with a medal was more than enough to dull the pain.
"For the last five years, my goal has been to get to the X Games podium. I was too stoked to feel the pain, Hatveit said. [NEXT]WINTER X GAMES 10
Winter X Games 10, held in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., January 28-31, 2006, is the world's premier annual winter action sports competition. The event features more than 230 athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: Moto X, Skiing, Snowboard and SnoCross.
Winter X Games 10 features 15 hours of live programming on ESPN and ABC. The complete television schedule can be found on www.expn.com.
SKIING BEST TRICK
(Originally Skiing Slopestyle. Due to snow, competition was modified to a Best Trick format with all 20 competitors, in a best-of-two-run format)
Final Results from Aspen/Snowmass on Sunday, January 29, 2006