Tom Wallisch Wins Euro X Slopestyle
The slopestyle course was officially destroyed today. The eight finalists for men's slopestyle took it upon themselves to slay it and everyone who attended the event today was not disappointed. After France's dominance in the halfpipe Wednesday, USA claimed the top two spots today, in the form of Tom Wallisch and Bobby Brown, 1st and 2nd respectively, and Jossi Wells coming in 3rd. Wallisch's signature clean and bangin' style was in full effect today as he dub 1080ed, switch dub 1080ed and rightspun and leftspun and banged his way to his first X Games medal. Bobby Brown, who fell his first two runs, stomped his 3rd go at it to claim 2nd. Bobby double 1260ed, switch double 1260ed and flipped off the rainbow rail as he made his way down the long course. Jossi Wells, who came off a 6th in Superpipe on Wednesday, and claimed the bronze medal. Jossi's cork 900s shifty made 5 ladies in the crowd faint, while his switch left 1080 to switch right 1080 combo and double 1260 melted the judges pencils.
TJ Schiller, the only rider to do three doubles in one run, came up a tiny bit short to grab 4th. The Schiller used his switch double 900, double 1080 and double 1260 to help secure him. Henrik Harlaut, who is fresh off of his minor knee injury, dropped his signature blunt roll (a double flipping flair to switch), switch 1260s and a buttery smooth cork 720 nose to grab 5th in his first contest back. Andreas Håtveit seemingly spun equally to the left and the right, opted for switch 1080s and 1260s on the bottom jump, instead of doubles. Håtveit in true viking form, stomped almost all day and was dropping dub 1080 knowledge on the top jump all day.
Elias Ambühl also utilized the two-double strategy with his double 1080 and switch double 1080, as well as flipping off the rainbow rail. And rounding out the finals was Alex Schlopy in his first X Games (and X finals) put down a big run for his teenage body, capping it off with a switch double 1440 to STOMP on the bottom hit. This marks the end of the slopestyle course's reign of terror on the competitors as they clicked in and slayed today. The slopestyle competitors are officially done, goodbye Tignes.
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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.