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The Shocks, Upsets & Action from Winter X-Games 2014

The Winter X-Games delivered once more over another incredible weekend at Aspen.

Nick Goepper getting aerial on the way to gold. Photo: ESPN

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.

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