words and photos: Mary Walsh
The 2017 edition of X Games Aspen was a banner weekend for women’s jumping, when on Thursday night, Hailey Langland stomped a beautiful double cork ten to win the return of women’s big air. On Saturday, as the world’s best female competitive freestylers lined up at the top of the SPT-built slope course, all eyes were watching for whether the tricks thrown during big air would make it to the full run contest. Hailey, Anna Gasser, Jamie Anderson, Silje Norendal, Karly Shorr, Cheryl Maas, Julia Marino, and Katie Ormerod each had two runs to prove their mettle deserved an X Games medal.
Jamie Anderson has, for years, been the dominant rider in women’s slopestyle at Winter X. The Tahoe native has stood on the X Games slopestyle podium more than any other competitior, the proud owner of eleven medals, four of them gold. In fact, Jamie has never competed in slopestyle in Aspen and not won a medal. She’s a veteran of the X Games winner’s circle and in 2017, she snagged another silver. Jamie’s first run was her highest scored of the day, including a boardslide 270 out on the first rail, a boardslide on the second rail, a switch boardslide to 50-50 180 out on the flat-down, and a switch frontlip on the final down rail. Jamie’s cool and collected slope sensibility was evident in the jumpline as she landed a cab seven, switch back five, and a front seven. It was smooth, but it was not enough to beat X Games rookie, Julia Marino, who, on her second run, landed a cab 270 onto the flat-down rail in the top section before going back seven, front five, and cab double underflip on the jumpline, a succession of tricks that would move the Connecticut native from last place to first, and earn her a second X Games medal for the weekend, this time in gold.
Landing in third place was second-time X Games competitor, Katie Ormerod. The British snowboarder started her run with a boardslide 270 out on the rainbow rail, followed by a switch boardslide 270 out on the flat-down rail and a switch frontboard on the down rail. On the jumps, Katie launched a front five, cab nine and a back seven. Unfortunately, Katie wasn’t able to get the grab on her final jump, though her score was still high enough to earn her the bronze.
Julia Marino’s winning run.
Jamie Anderson’s second place run.
Katie Ormerod’s third place run.