Not 24 hours after he stood atop the podium for his groundbreaking performance in Big Air last night, Bobby Brown has bested the competition to take gold in Slopestyle as well. The young jedi-like skier put down a run that was a head above the rest, unequivocally taking the top spot and solidifying his place as the superstar of today. Former X Games gold medalist Andreas Håtveit put the goods down in his final run, but ended up a few points short of Brown in the silver medal spot, while last year's silver medalist Sammy Carlson held on long enough for the bronze today. Bobby's run: rail to uphill 450 off, switch 450 onto the disaster box, handplant misty 720 over the hitching post, canon box to 810 off, switch right misty 900, double cork 1260 and finally the switch double misty 1260. Big. Perfect. Mind Blowing. There was little question that Bobby put down the run of the year today at Buttermilk.
Håtveit's run: 270 on-270 off, switch rightside 450 on the disaster box, switch tail tap 540 on the hitching post, rainbow rail to misty 450 out, switch right 1080, switch 1260, and finally a double cork 1080 double mute. Andreas stomped like the slopestyle robot he has become, with his technical trickery falling a little below Bobby's, thus the 2nd place. A very stoked Norwegian proudly took his medal, as his run was deserving of a podium spot. Sammy's run: 270 on, 450 on 270 off the disaster box, handplant 360 over the hitching post, bio/rodeo 450 onto the rainbow rail to 450 out [ed. note: crazy], switch rightside 1080, switch left 1260, and ending with a double cork 1080 poke. Sammy's run was technical, but a little less smooth that Håtveit's, hence the 3rd. But his bio 450 on the rainbow rail was probably the most dangerous and one of the more ridiculous stunts pulled today.
Phil Casabon managed a 4th place, one spot better than his 5th last year at X. Ever the stylish competitor, B-Dog's run consisted of a switch 1080 and switch 1260 and all were stylish. Fourth place is a testament to how dope Phil's run was, even without double flips. Russ Henshaw put together a run that included two double corks to take his best finish of the year in slopestyle. Although Matt Walker didn't have multiple doubles in his run, his rodeo 900 blunt looked so good, girls immediately mobbed him this afternoon, and the judges awarded him a 6th place finish. Unfortunately, Jossi Wells and Tom Wallisch both had bobbles in all three of their runs. While the two of them are undoubtedly slopestyle champs, and both have multiple double flips in their arsenal, today just wasn't their day. But they skied valiantly and we'll be seeing them both at many more X Games.