America’s David Wise successfully defended his Ski SuperPipe gold medal after putting on a sensational performance in the final at X Games Aspen 2013, which continued to deliver a heavy dose of thrilling action in Aspen, Colorado, on Friday, January 25.
The rest of the podium was filled up by the American skiers as well, with Torin Yater-Wallace walking away with the silver medal, whereas Simon Dumont finished on top of France’s Kevin Rolland, though just barely, thus claiming the bronze medal.
With the world’s top freeskiing talent in contention for the three coveted X Games medals during Friday’s Ski SuperPipe event, the crowd in attendance expected nothing but the most mesmerising performances, which is exactly what they got to witness.
Wise, however, claimed the boasting rights for putting on the most exciting performance of the final. The Nevada-based skier landed a back-to-back double cork 1260, which he first landed four years ago, along with a switch double cork, 1080 and an alley-oop flat-spin 540 in his winning run, which earned a massive 95.66 from the judges.
The score remained unbeatable until the end to see him through to the top of the podium for the second year in a row.
“It’s such a challenge to come out here and beat the best guys in the world,” said Wise, who was cheered at the Buttermilk pipe by 10 family members and friends who drove out from Reno. “I had a run that I really wanted to do; I wanted to come out and make a statement. I came out and landed it. It’s just an honor to be out here doing what I love.”
Yater-Wallace was nothing short of sensation during the final either. The 17-year-old Aspen native entered the 90s in all three runs, but his best score of 93.00 was not good enough to take him past Wise, thus forcing him to settle for a silver medal.
Dumont surprisingly made it to the podium as well despite skiing without poles as he was still in the process of recovering from the wrist surgery sustained in December, 2012. Putting on a sensational run, he posted an 85.66 on the score-board to finish in third place, while Rolland finished in fourth place with a best-run score of 84.66 points.