The Shocks, Upsets & Action from Winter X-Games 2014
The Winter X-Games delivered once more over another incredible weekend at Aspen.
The curtain came down on Winter X-Games 2014 on Sunday night after four days of some exhilarating skiing and snowboarding that shows that both sports are in rude health prior to taking the world stage at Sochi in a few weeks time.
There were shocks a plenty and while freeskiing events maintained the status quo with Nick Goepper and David Wise holding onto their crowns, there were plenty of upsets in the snowboarding and some new faces on the podium.
While the action is over for another year we've collected up all the winners and best runs from around the events so you can relive the action yourself.
[part title="Men's Snowboarding at the Winter X-Games 2014"]
The guy's snowboarding this year featured the biggest surprises. With Shaun White ditching the X-Games to save himself for the Olympics, as well as young contender, Ayumu Hirano, missing the weekend due to injury, the Superpipe was clear for the first new gold medallist since 2007.
Enter Danny Davis. The bearded American laid it down in the pipe with some huge tricks and awesome switch method. We can't wait to see if he can hold onto to the top spot in Russia when Shaun White straps in again.
In the Slopestyle, Mark McMorris was expected to continue his run of success having won the last two golds in the event. It was not to be however as Max Parrot finished out on top despite the best efforts of the young Saskatchewan. Parrot went before the defending champion and stomped perfect back to back triple corks that McMorris couldn't match.
Parrot had already scored his first gold of the weekend as he topped the podium at the Big Air contest on Friday. Yuki Kadono and Stale Sandbech finished second and third respectively with the final field racking up rotations totalling 14,400°.
[part title="Women's Snowboarding at the Winter X-Games 2014"]
The established women's riders weren't safe either as there was one big surprise and one near miss. For the latter, Kelly Clark reigned supreme in the women's Superpipe once more, claiming her fourth successive gold in the events, her 70th win overall.
It was a narrow victory with 13 year old prodigy, Chloe Kim, snapping at her heels once more. Kim arrived on the scene with a third place at the Dew Tour before Christmas, again finishing just below Clark. It's clear that it won't be long before the young American ends up on the top of the podium.
The Slopestyle final on Friday evening was won by Silje Norendal as she saw off America's sweetheart, Jamie Anderson. It was the Nowegian's first win in Aspen, having already won the same even in Tignes in 2013. Here she went one step further. Anderson has reigned supreme over the event in recent years and was the clear favourite but Norendal's combination of super smooth spins and incredible rail action was enough to see off Anderson.
[part title="Men's Skiing at the Winter X-Games 2014"]
For the guys on two planks it was largely business as usual with all three defending holding on to their crowns - David Wise in the Superpipe, Nick Goepper in the Slopestyle and Henrik Harlaut in the Big Air.
Goepper was the first person to defend the men's slopestyle event in a decade and saw off the challenge of McRae Williams and Andreas Hatveit who rounded off the podium. The American nailed a gnarly triple cork 1440 on his way to the title, only the second landed at the X-Games in the discipline.
In the pipe, David Wise won his third consecutive gold medal despite being only 23 years of age. He had the contest wrapped up from his first run where he scored an impressive 90.00. He followed this up with a victory lap, he only managed a minor improvement on his opening score but was full of huge amplitude and some big tricks including a 1080 Japan.
Henrik Harlaut dominated the Big Air contest from start to finish as he topped the elimination round on Friday before taking gold the following day. The corks were in abundance, much like the snowboarding equivalent, with Harlaut taking the title with a new never before seen trick.
[part title="Women's Skiing at the Winter X-Games 2014"]
Following on from the guys, Kaya Turski made sure there were no surprises in the women's slopestyle event winning her fourth Winter X-Games title. The Canadian skier had only just returned from a serious knee injury that kept her off the slopes for five months.
There was little evidence of ring rust as she nailed her winning run second time around before easing off. Like Kelly Clark in the snowboarding, Turski had to see off a young pretender, this time round it was Maggie Voisin, who finished with a silver in her first X-Games only six weeks after turning 15.
Maddie Bowman topped the field of eight competitors in the Superpipe contest to defend her gold medal. Bowman has been the model of consistency in the women's pipe having won three of the last five Olympic qualifying events, missing the podium only once. Bowman's success is built on her constant progression, Aspen was no different as she dropped new tricks including a silky switch 7 on her way to gold.