Winter X Games XII

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Winter X Games XII were held from January 24 to January 27, 2008 in Aspen, Colorado. They were the 7th consecutive Winter X Games to be held in Aspen. Television coverage of Winter X Games XII was broadcast on ESPN and ABC, primarily hosted by Sal Masekela and Todd Harris. Final attendance for the four-day event was 72,500.[1]

Disciplines[edit]

Disciplines at the 12th Winter X Games were:

Highlights[edit]

Skier Tanner Hall won his third consecutive men's superpipe gold medal and his seventh X Games gold medal over all, the most of any winter competitor.[2] This record stood alone until the final night of competition, when Shaun White tied it with a gold medal in the men's snowboard superpipe and set his own record with 12 career Winter X Games medals.[3]

Snowmobile Speed and Style was debuted as a new event on the opening night of competition, combining traditional snocross, a timed race, with trick skill.[4] The event was judged, with completion time and freestyle each making up half of the final score.[5] Levi LaVallee won gold.[6] Tucker Hibbert won his third gold medal in Snocross and his second consecutive. LaVallee's subsequent gold medal win in the snowmobile freestyle made him only the second Winter X Games competitor to win a gold medal in four different events, after Shaun Palmer.

In women's snowboarding, Lindsay Jacobellis regained the gold medal, her fourth, in Women's Snowboard Cross, defeating Swiss boarder Tanja Frieden. Frieden defeated Jacobellis at the 2006 Winter Olympics after Jacobellis fell near the finish line after attempting a trick.[7] Aspen native Gretchen Bleiler won the women's superpipe, defeating the Australian Torah Bright.[8]

Big Air events returned to the Winter X Games for the first time in several competitions.[9] There were only four participants in both the skiing and snowboarding big air events.[10] The events were done in a knockout format, with two judges voting and the audience, voting through text messaging, each having equal say as to who advanced to the finals and who won.[11] There were only gold medals awarded for the Big Air events, as they were judged as winner take all competition.

On the final day of competition, the weather deteriorated throughout the day The weather likely affected the turnout, with around 4,000 fewer spectators than Winter X Games XI.[3] The ski cross course was affected by weather conditions as the day went on, and there were several major crashes involving top competitors. Lars Lewen, Juha Haukkala, and Karin Huttary all had to be taken to the hospital following injuries; Enak Gavaggio was involved in the same crash as Lewen, but refused transport.[3] American Daron Rahlves, a three time Olympian, won the gold in the men's event, his first X Games medal. Errol Kerr, who had the fastest time of the day in any heat, did not medal. Sarah Burke defended her gold medal in the women's ski superpipe competition, defeating Swiss[12] ex-snowboarder Mirjam Jaeger.[13]

Results[edit]

Skiing[edit]

Men's Monoski Cross[14]

Place Athlete Time
Gold Kees-Jan van der Klooster 117.77
Silver Tyler Walker 121.52
Bronze Chris Devlin-Young 161.61

Men's Ski Big Air[11]

Place Athlete Semifinal Score
Gold Jon Olsson
Runner-up Charles Gagnier 3-0

Men's Ski Cross[15]

Place Athlete Time
Gold Daron Rahlves 86.05
Silver Stanley Hayer 86.27
Bronze Casey Puckett 86.61

Women's Ski Cross[16]

Place Athlete Time
Gold Ophelie David 92.19
Silver Hedda Berntsen 92.70
Bronze Magdalena Jonsson 93.56

Men's Ski Slopestyle[17]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Andreas Håtveit 94.00
Silver Jossi Wells 90.00
Bronze Jon Olsson 87.00

Men's Ski SuperPipe[18][19]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Tanner Hall 92.33
Silver Simon Dumont 91.00
Bronze Colby James West 85.00

Women's Ski SuperPipe[20]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Sarah Burke 92.00
Silver Mirjam Jaeger 81.33
Bronze Jen Hudak 78.33

Snowboarding[edit]

Men's Snowboard Big Air[21]

Place Athlete Semifinal Score
Gold Torstein Horgmo 2-1
Runner-up Kevin Pearce 3-0

Men's Snowboard Cross[22]

Place Athlete Time
Gold Nate Holland 93.48
Silver Markus Schairer 93.81
Bronze David Speiser 95.80

Women's Snowboard Cross[23]

Place Athlete Time
Gold Lindsey Jacobellis 102.00
Silver Tanja Frieden 102.67
Bronze Sandra Frei 104.33

Men's Snowboard Slopestyle[24]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Andreas Wiig 92.00
Silver Kevin Pearce 88.33
Bronze Shaun White 83.33

Women's Snowboard Slopestyle[25]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Jamie Anderson 90.66
Silver Claudia Fliri 86.33
Bronze Spencer O'Brien 80.00

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe[26]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Shaun White 96.66
Silver Ryo Aono 88.00
Bronze Kevin Pearce 85.66

Women's Snowboard SuperPipe[27]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Gretchen Bleiler 93.33
Silver Torah Bright 92.66
Bronze Kelly Clark 90.00

Snowmobiling[edit]

Snocross [28]

Place Athlete
Gold Tucker Hibbert
Silver Brett Turcotte
Bronze D.J. Eckstrom

Snowmobile Freestyle [29]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Levi LaVallee 87.66
Silver Joe Parsons 87.33
Bronze Heath Frisby 92.33 (in consolation)

Snowmobile Speed and Style [30]

Place Athlete Score
Gold Levi LaVallee 91.00
Silver Sam Rogers 82.07
Bronze Joe Parsons 92.33 (in consolation)

References[edit]

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