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After a hiatus at the 2018 Winter X Games due to injury, 16-year-old Estonian wunderkind Kelly Sildaru returned to the X Games slopestyle course at Buttermilk Mountain with a vengeance in 2019. Sildaru followed up her superpipe silver medal with one of the finest slopestyle performances we’ve ever seen at X, showing off her incredible technical skills on the rails and competence in the air of someone many years her elder, earning herself a record score of 99.00. If Sildaru can earn a medal in ski big air this evening, that will give her three X Games medals in a 26-hour span. That. Is. Bonkers.
Twenty-eight-year-old Swiss skier Sarah Hoefflin snatched a silver medal with a score of 90.00, building on the momentum she gained by taking home the Olympic slopestyle gold medal in Pyeongchang last February. American Maggie Voisin rounded out the podium with a score of 87.66, stomping the first-ever double cork 1260 by a woman in competition. If that doesn’t raise the bar in women’s slopestyle, we’re not sure what will.
Full results, women’s slopestyle:
1. Kelly Sildaru (EST) 99.00
2. Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) 90.00
3. Maggie Voisin (USA) 87.66
4. Johanne Killi (NOR) 84.00
5. Isabel Atkin 58.33 (GBR) 83.33
6. Mathilde Gremaud (SUI) 75.00
7. Tess Ledeux (FRA) 29.00
8. Giulia Tanno (SUI) 21.33