Goepper, Turski claim Slopestyle gold


ASPEN, Colo. -- Nick Goepper won his second consecutive X Games Aspen Ski Slopestyle gold medal Sunday, kicking off the final day of competition and becoming the first to repeat in men's Ski Slopestyle since Tanner Hall's three-win streak ended in 2004.

"I feel honored to be in the same category as Tanner but couldn't be more honored to be here with my homies," Goepper said, specifically shouting out to competitors McRae Williams and Andreas Håtveit, the silver and bronze medalists, respectively. "It's Andreas' last time here, so it couldn't have been a better day."

Håtveit, who will compete in Sochi with the Norwegian Olympic team, has announced this will be his last competitive season.

On his second run, Gus Kenworthy landed a switch triple rodeo 1440, the first triple cork landed in an X Games Ski Slopestyle competition. Goepper brought the second -- a rightside triple cork 1440 in his second run -- to bump into second place and landed it again in an even cleaner third run, improving to 95, the highest score of the day.

Goepper, who broke two bones in his left hand this past fall, skied his run with a wrist brace and no poles.

He was the first to qualify for the U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team and will lead the charge as the team heads to Sochi for freeskiing's Olympic debut.

"It's going to be crazy," he said. "Definitely keep your eyes open and wake up at 2 in the morning to watch the show."

Henrik Harlaut, the Ski Big Air gold medalist from Saturday night, just missed the Slopestyle podium, finishing in fourth.

Men's Ski Slopestyle Final

Place Name Points
1 Nick Goepper 95.00 R
2 McRae Williams 92.66 R
3 Andreas Håtveit 90.33 R
4 Henrik Harlaut 89.33 R
5 Gus Kenworthy 87.00 R
6 Joss Christensen 86.33 R
7 Antti Ollila 85.00 R
8 Russ Henshaw 78.66 R

Women's Ski Slopestyle

Canadian Kaya Turski was back in familiar territory Sunday with her fourth career X Games Aspen gold medal in women's Ski Slopestyle.

Turski beat 15-year-old X Games rookie and silver medalist Maggie Voisin, now the youngest skier in history to medal at X Games, a distinction previously held by Aspen local Torin Yater-Wallace. Canadian Kim Lamarre took bronze.

"It's been a crazy week. It's been a crazy journey," Turski said about her first major contest after getting a revolutionary ACL surgery in August. "I couldn't believe it when I blew my knee five months ago, but here I am. I just tried to keep everything clean, just get my flow back, get it back in the zone, and it paid off."

The win follows her X Games Tignes 2013 Slopestyle gold and is a return to form for Turski, who dominated the event at X Games Aspen from 2010 to 2012 before taking silver in 2013 behind Norway's Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen, who is currently out of contention with a knee injury.

The biggest surprise of the day came from Montana native Voisin, a member of the U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team headed to Sochi. As the youngest female skier ever to compete at X Games, she delivered a switch 1080 -- the trick Turski first brought to competition in 2012 -- and briefly took the lead after posting the first score in the 90s on her second of three runs.

Turski answered in her third run, outdoing Voisin with her technical rail section and throwing a flatspin 540, switch 540 Japan and switch cork 720 in the jumps, bumping ahead with a score of 91.33.

Women's Ski Slopestyle Final

Place Name Points
1 Kaya Turski 91.33 R
2 Maggie Voisin 90.00 R
3 Kim Lamarre 85.00 R
4 Dara Howell 84.00 R
5 Devin Logan 83.66 R
6 Keri Herman 78.66 R
7 Darian Stevens 76.33 R
8 Yuki Tsubota 75.33 R

SnoCross Adaptive

Mike Schultz won his fourth consecutive gold medal in SnoCross Adaptive on Sunday. Schultz dominated SnoCross Adaptive at X Games in 2010, 2011 and 2013 (the event was not contested at X Games Aspen 2012).

Schultz is an above-the-knee amputee who developed the prosthetic knee technology he and other adaptive racing competitors use. He finished more than 13 seconds ahead of silver medalist Garrett Goodwin and bronze medalist Doug Henry, who both use custom snowmobile seats for paraplegic racers.

Schultz, an X Games SnoCross competitor since 2002 before losing his left leg in a 2008 accident, also has a summer X Games streak going: He has won the Moto X Adaptive Racing event twice now, in 2010 and 2013.

Sunday's win in Aspen brings his overall X Games medal count to seven, six of them gold.

SnoCross Adaptive Final

Place Name Time
1 Mike Schultz 4:36.557 R
2 Garrett Goodwin 4:50.254
3 Doug Henry 4:54.665
4 Jim Wazny 5:05.602
5 E.J. Poplawski 5:19.191
6 Chris Heppding 5:27.248
7 Paul Thacker 16:39.999