Bobby Brown wins 2012 Euro X Games Slopestyle
Bobby gets that high mute on his way to the gold.
Ladies and gentlemen, Bobby Brown is back on top. After a couple year hiatus from the top of an X Games slopestyle podium, Brown has taken the big W in Tignes, France today. Under yet another sunny and warm day in the French Alps, the pros were putting on quite the display, but it was all Brown, as he put down three different runs, and stayed in the drivers seat all day long. Mr. Consistent, Tom Wallisch, took the second spot as he grabs yet another podium—he's yet to miss one this season. Andreas Håtveit, last year's silver medalist, snagged the bronze medal.
Bobby, who put down three slightly different runs, won with his second, although he stayed in first all day. He kicked things off with a switch 270 to pretzel 270 out on the flat-down rail. He hit the pole jam switch with a 450 off on the snow box. Bobby opted for the down box which he did a K-Fed on. The bread and butter of Bobby's run was his jump line. He went right double cork 1080 to double cork 1260 to switch double cork 1260. He capped it off with a misty 450 off the gap rail. Bobby switched up the third jump to a switch double misty 1260, but it did not improve his score.
Andreas Håtveit styles it out in practice.
Tom Wallisch, the 2010 slopestyle gold medalist at Euro X, snagged second, with an improved version of his run on his third go, but it wasn't enough to unseat Bobby today. Tom hit the right rail as well, with a switch on to super-fed (front switch up to 630 off). He took the pole jam forward with a 270 off. He switch 270'd onto the down rail, back 270'd off. His jump line consisted of a double cork 1260 to back-to-back switch double flip 1080s, the first right, the second left. He opted for the rainbow rail, going switch 270 on and pretzel 630 off. Tom landed two of three runs, opting for a nice switch rodeo 540, backflip and double backflip on his second run of the day.
King of Norway, Andreas Håtveit, took third place today, after taking three-and-a-half runs. Andreas' first run was marred by a ski patroller on course, giving Andreas another go at it. But it was his second run of the day that locked up the bronze medal for him. Andreas opted for the left rail, doing a front 360 swap on it. He hit the pole jam and 450'd off, then he went for the down box where he switch butter 450'd on. Andreas then right double-wobble 1260'd the first jump, switch double-wobble 1260'd the second and double cork 1080'd the last jump. Andreas then went for the rainbow where he 50-50'd then hopped on regular and 270'd off.
Alex Bellemare on the down rail.
James Woods, last year's bronze medalist, represented for the UK today. His double cork 1080 to leftside double cork 1260 to switch double cork 1080 was most impressive. Woodsy also styled out the bottom gap rail, switch on, airing the gap back to switch. Making his first X Games finals appearance was Alex Bellemare, who had one of the most stylish runs of the day. His Kangaroo Flip to switch rightside 1080 to switch double flip 1080 double japan had the judges fiending for more. He unfortunately fell when he switched up his second run, ending his bid for the podium.
Youngster Nick Goepper, who has been on fire lately, put down his picture perfect runs as usual. His switch 270 to super fed was clean as hell, as were his jumps: double cork 1260 to back-to-back switch double flip 1080. Joss Christensen, who was making his first X Games finals appearance was putting down switch rightside 1260s to the moon. Joss didn't get his run as clean as he would have liked, but the Park City-native has plenty more to offer.
Joss Christensen on the gap rail.
And rounding out the finals was Russ Henshaw, making his seventh X Games appearance. Russell was plagued by some unfortunate wobbles all day, but his jump line was perfect as usual. His double cork 1080s, right double cork 1260s and switch double flip 900s were on point. The Aussie has been having a great season coming off of knee surgery in the off season, but has yet to find the podium.
With the close of the slopestyle competition, the skiers are halfway to the end of Winter X Games Europe. The men have superpipe eliminations tonight, with the men and women's finals going down tomorrow evening. Hopefully the weather holds out and another sunny day greets all the competitors tomorrow. And congratulations to all the slopestyle skiers for their work this week.
The pretzel king, Tom Wallisch.
Men's Final Results:
1_ Bobby Brown – 95.00
2_ Tom Wallisch – 93.33
3_ Andreas Håtveit – 92.00
4_ James Woods – 91.66
5_ Alex Bellemare – 91.33
6_ Nick Goepper – 88.33
7_ Joss Christensen – 86.33
8_ Russ Henshaw – 67.33
How will this affect the AFP slopestyle rankings? Probably not a ton on the top end, but surely on the bottom-10 it will. To find out what it'll change, visit the AFP Slopestyle world rankings page.
About the author:
Shay Williams is the former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works full-time with Monster Energy, and continues to contribute to freeskier.com, offering insights re: the lives of his Monster athletes.