Jan. 23, 2009 – Aspen is heating up, even with the soupy fog that’s hanging over Buttermilk. Despite the conditions, the riders are killing it on the slopes. Winter X Games 13 (Jan. 22-25) is on and the big action takes place this weekend.
SNB Women’s SuperPipe: With her first run of the elimination round, Torah proved she is the number one to watch in the pipe. The crowd thought they had seen it all with Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark posting a remarkable 95.00 out of 100 on her second run. But Torah, making good on her promise to show some new tricks, cemented her place as the most technical rider with a switch backside 7 to a cab 7 and posting an all-time high score of 97.33. ”I am so happy to be in tomorrow’s final,” said Torah.
SNB Women’s Slopestyle: Noticeably absent from the comp is Jamie Anderson, who pulled out due to an injury sustained at the Burton Open. Brit Jenny Jones, no stranger to London fog, topped the pack of 11 competitors in Friday morning’s Slopestyle Elims despite the hazy miasma hanging over the mountain.
Check out the Women’s Superpipe Practice (view in HQ if you can)
Women’s Superpipe Qualifying
1. Torah Bright / 97.66 / Cooma, Australia
2. Kelly Clark / 95.00 / Mount Snow, Vt.
3. Hannah Teter / 86.66 / South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
4. Ellery Hollingsworth / 85.66 / Darien, Conn.
5. Gretchen Bleiler / 84.66 / Aspen, Colo.
6. Kaitlyn Farrington / 73.66 / Bellevue, Idaho
7. Kjersti Oestgaard Buass / 73.33 / Trondheim, Norway
8. Maddy Schaffrick / 64.33 / Steamboat Springs, Colo.
9. Molly Aguirre / 62.66 / Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
10. Faye Gulini / 55.33 / Vail, Colo.
11. Leslie Glenn / 51.00 / Breckenridge, Colo.
12. Meg Pugh / 49.66 / Cottonwood Heights, Utah
13. Tricia Byrnes / 48.00 / Aspen, Colo.
14. Lizzy Beerman / 37.00 / Weston, Vt