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Canadian pipe slayer Simon d’Artois captures X Games gold

Canadian pipe slayer Simon d’Artois captures X Games gold

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Holy sh#t; today’s X Games men’s superpipe contest was one for the mother truckin’ ages. With eight heavy-hitting finalists, the stage was set for a banger showdown as the sun descended over Buttermilk Mountain. While the crowd filled in at the base of the pipe, the athletes got ready to huck. The hype, incredibly real.

Throughout the afternoon, each of the athletes put down their best tricks in the near perfect pipe, courtesy of Snow Park Technologies. The contest proved to be a leapfrog battle, with what seemed to be a new leader after new leader after every run. At the end of the best-of-three run bout, it was Canadian Simon d’Artois who emerged victorious.

D’Artois stomped each of his three runs today. The Canadian slugger’s gold medal run included a right 1080 tail, a switch 1080 safety, a switch right 720 mute, a double cork 1260 mute, and an alley-oop double flat spin safety.

Simon d’Artois’ gold medal run.
d’Artois discusses his gold medal day.

Although every one of the skiers put down phenomenal runs, there was only room for two more medalists aside from “Dart.” X Games veteran Kevin Rolland proved worthy of the second place position as he put down a massive run on his last attempt through the pipe, stomping his signature double cork 1260 and a final hit double 1080. This year’s contest marks Rolland’s eighth X Games appearance.

Grabbing the third place position on the podium was Aspen’s local boy Alex Ferreira. The 20-year-old snatched his second X Games bronze, posting a score of 91.66 and a big as’ smile in the finish corral. Ferreira’s run included a massive double cork 1260 and a dub alley-oop flatspin.

Congratulations to all of the boys putting their bodies on the line out there today. To quote Canadian pipe skier Justin Dorey, “Today was history.” Men’s X Games superpipe is truly one of the most exciting contests that our sport has ever seen and this year’s comp did not fail to impress. Props, everyone. Cheers to another year of X Games in the books.

Related: Nick Goepper wins 2015 X Games slopestyle; secures three-peat

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