Monday Jan 26, 2015

Extreme Weekend Roundup

It was a huge weekend of action sports with Winter X Games and the Freestyle World Championships both squeezed into the same week. The Freeride World Tour and Red Bull Crashed Ice seasons kicked off and, for those of you who prefer to stay indoors, Night Of The Jumps staged another double-bill.

Keep reading for all the news, results and highlights from every event!

X Games Aspen 2015: Results and Highlights


The world’s best winter action sports athletes descended once again on Aspen, Colorado this weekend for Winter X Games 2015.

It was another historic and record-breaking event, with plenty of first-time gold medalists and veterans adding to their already massive medal hauls.

The biggest ever crowds in Winter X Games history turned out to watch it all, including Mark McMorris’s double gold and Chloe Kim becoming the youngest ever winner.

If you missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered with roundups from all five days. Enjoy!

Day 1: Maddie Bowman three-peats Ski SuperPipe

Day 2: Danny Davis stars in front of mega crowds

Day 3: McMorris and Jacobellis add to golds

Day 4: Kim makes history, Goepper three-peats

Final Day: McMorris doubles up, D’Artois goes big

Freeride World Tour: Collomb-Patton starts title defence with win

 The Freeride World Tour kicked off in Chamonix, France this weekend. PHOTO: D.Daher 

Big mountain skiing and snowboarding’s most prestigious competition got underway this weekend with the first stop of the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix, France.

American riders dominated the snowboard category with Sammy Luebke winning the men’s event while reigning World Tour Champion Shannan Yates claimed victory in the women’s competition.

Elodie Mouthon finished third, with Anne-Flore Marxer in second behind Yates while Sascha Hamm of Great Britain was unlucky to finish just behind Luebke with Flo Orley rounding off the podium.

Loic Collomb-Patton got his title defence off to a perfect start by winning the men’s ski competition in Chamonix for the second time in a row.

The French rider beat Reine Barkered of Sweden and two-time Tour Champion Drew Tabke to the top spot.

In the women’s event, Eva Walkner of Austria won the opening contest of the season on her return from injury with Italian rookie Silvia Moser in third and Sweden’s Christine Hargin in second.

The next round of the Freeride World Tour takes place in Fieberbrunn, Austria and will be LIVE on!

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Croxall seals St Paul hat-trick

 Watch highlights from the first round of Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015 

Scott Croxall won the opening round of Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul for the third time in his career on Saturday.

The Canadian beat his countryman Dean Moriarity and American Cameron Naasz in front of an unbelievable 140,000 strong crowd in Minnesota.

Defending World Champion from Austria Marco Dallago crashed out in the semi-finals giving 2012 winner Croxall a head start in the race for the 2015 championship.

“I had a rough season last year so I worked hard in the off-season to get my legs going again,” said Croxall. “It’s a tough course here with a lot of skating.”

Night of the Jumps Graz: Remi Bizouard takes Euro Champs lead

The FMX European Championships rolled on in Graz, Austria this weekend with another Night Of The Jumps double-bill, which left reigning champion Remi Bizouard on top.

The Frenchman won the third round of the competition on Saturday ahead of Czech rider Petr Pilat and current World Champion Maikel Melero.

All three men made the podium the following night, this time with Melero on top, Bizouard in second and Pilat in third.

The Night of the Jumps crew have a month off now before the start of the World Championships in Berlin on March 6th.

 Watch highlights from Night of the Jumps Graz, Day 1 and Day 2 

Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Champs: Results

There may have been a very obvious schedule conflict for the FIS Freestyle World Championships, with X Games happening at almost exactly the same time, but there was still an epic show on offer in Austria.

Here’s the results….take a deep breath and….

….Roope Tonteri of Finland took home the title of Snowboard Big Air World Champion ahead of Canadian Darcy Sharpe and American teenager Kyle Mack.

In the women’s event Swiss rider Elena Koenz beat Finland’s Merika Enne and teammate Sina Candrian to the gold.

Tonteri and Mack picked up their second medals of the Championships with silver and bronze respectively in the Snowboard Slopestyle but couldn’t stop US Snowboarding’s Ryan Stassel taking the top spot

Miyabi Onitsuka of Japan won Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle ahead of Austrian Anna Gasser and Klaudia Medlova of Slovakia

In Snowboard Halfpipe, Australian Scotty James was crowned World Champion with China’s Yiwei Zhang finishing second ahead of Tim-Kevin Ravnjak from Slovenia.

China went one better in the women’s competition as Xuetong Cai took the gold with Spain’s Queralt Castellet and French rider Clemence Grimal rounding off the podium.

Great Britain finally got their hands on a medal as Katie Summerhayes sealed silver in the women’s Ski Slopestyle with Germany’s Lisa Zimmerman grabbing victory and Slovakia’s Zuzana Stromkova winning bronze.

Fabian Boesch became the first Swiss skier to win the men’s event in front of Aussie Russ Henshaw and the USA’s Noah Wallace.

Finally, American Kyle Smaine won the Ski Halfpipe event on his World Championships debut with Frenchman Joffrey Pollet-Villard and Yannic Lerjen of Switzerland also making the podium.

And in the women’s event Swiss riders Virginie Faivre and Mirjam Jaeger took gold and bronze with Canada’s Cassie Sharpe picking up silver.

If you got to the end of that, treat yourself to the below video: the official song of the FIS Freestyle World Championships. Yes, you read that right...

  FIS Freestyle World Champs: Official Song  

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