The Winter X-Games are here and as always there’s a lot of anticipation in the air. Practice runs started over the last few days and today marks the first day of actual competition and TV coverage. Riders have been going nuts in both practice and eliminations… except on the slopestyle course.
Boarders and skiers alike have already taken their fair share of hard bails on the course. Travis Rice cased the gap during practice and there are rumors of other injuries in the women’s field. Some of the top pro skiers have been quoted as saying this is the sketchiest slopestyle they’ve ever seen. Last year’s gold medal skier, Andreas Hatveit, was so thrown off by the jumps that when asked to comment on them, he simply smiled, shook his head, and said, “no, its just no.”
Practice runs has been filled with more straight airs and small spins than I’m sure have ever been seen at a competition of this level. Yet there are others like Sammy Carlson who are taking a liking to the course and throwing tricks off every feature. Although the first impression seems negative, come comp day, I’m sure all the pros will have things dialed in and will be throwing down as usual.
Keep an eye out for the Sammy Carlson, Jossi Wells and the other young guns to slay it, even on this less than average course.
Posted by Derek on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 in Snow.