Hall Wins X Games Slopestyle Gold
Alex Hall (Park City, Utah), wearing his lucky sweater, kicked off the final day of X Games in Aspen, Colo. by earning his first X Games gold medal in the men’s freeski slopestyle. Hall placed fifth in the big air competition the previous night, but still had plenty left in the tank to get the job done.
“I was super tired from skiing all week, so it feels good to be able to put down some runs,” said Hall, who displayed incredible stamina by increasing the difficulty of his run as the competition roll on. “It was really good conditions today, a little flat light, but the course was running really well.”
Already in the lead, Hall bettered his score on his last run with a technical rail section into a left-side 1260, switch right side double cork 1260 for a 95.66. Hall’s unique style, innovative approach, and magnetic landings stood out to both the crowd and the judges. He incorporated rail taps and difficult grabs such as the seatbelt and far tail to separate himself from the pack.
“I just try and keep it creative, especially on the rails,” he said. “I spend time really thinking about my rail tricks. Hopefully, I can try something that the judges will think is unique and I enjoy doing. As long as it’s fun to do, after all, that’s the reason we all do this in the first place. Today I used rail taps, not necessarily the most technical tricks, but it keeps it fun for me. “
Hall also is looking forward to the 2019 FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah, where he will represent U.S. Ski & Snowboard in international slopestyle and big air competition.
Catching his breath Hall commented, “I’m going to try and chill a little bit before world champs, but I’m excited and it should be fun.”
Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand finished second, earning his second medal of the event. Ferdinand Dahl of Norway closed out the podium in third. For the Americans, Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.) finished in seventh in his first X Games final. Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) finished in eighth.
X Games Aspen 2019 came to close with the men’s snowboard superpipe under the lights. Chase Josey (Sun Valley, Idaho) finished fourth, putting together a complete run, but was unable to break into the top three. Jake Pates (Eagle, Colo.) finished fifth and Toby Miller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) finished eighth. Although Pates didn’t get the result he was looking for, he still enjoyed the X Games experience.
“I had so much fun tonight,” said Pates. “Everybody was shredding at an insane level. I’m so grateful to be a part of X Games and be able to travel and snowboard with my best friends.”
Australia's Scotty James earned this second-consecutive superpipe gold, Japan’s Yuto Totsuka the silver, and American Danny Davis grabbed the bronze.
It was a successful week for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes at the 2019 X games in Aspen earning three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. Competition continues for U.S. Freeski & Snowboard athletes at the 2019 FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah Feb.1-10 featuring slopestyle, big air, and halfpipe competitions. Tune in to NBC to catch all the action.
HOW TO WATCH
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Saturday, Feb. 23:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s skicross - Solitude, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s big air - Park City, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
Sunday, Feb. 3
1:00 a.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s skicross - Solitude, Utah - NBCSN**
3:30 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s big air - Park City, Utah - NBCSN**
Friday, Feb. 1
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s snowboardcross - Solitude, Utah - NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold