Voisin, Hall Claim Second X Games Medals of Season
U.S. Freeski Team member Maggie Voisin earned her best X Games big air finish on Saturday, claiming the silver medal in Hafjell, Norway. This is Maggie’s second X Games medal since her return to competition from ACL surgery.
“I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am after today,” said Maggie. “It’s so exciting to grab my fourth podium of the season and my second ever big air medal. More than anything, I am just so proud of my skiing from today and how healthy my body feels. I didn’t expect to feel and ski this well after my knee surgery in April and for that, I am super grateful.”
Maggie’s performance is sure to set aside any potential lingering doubt that her knee is ready for competition. Fresh off of a heli-skiing trip with U.S. Freeski alumnus and legend Tom Wallisch, she quickly transitioned from the powder to the park. Maggie stomped massive tricks with consistency including a left-side double cork 1260 safety, a left-side rodeo 900 with a unique rotation, and a right-side 900 tail. Maggie’s podium today marks her sixth career X Games medal.
Megan Oldham of Canada won the event on the last run landing a beautiful double cork 1260 on her final jump of the competition to secure her first X Games medal. Norway’s own Johanne Killi rounded out the podium in third. Johanne also delivered in the final moments of the competition to move into podium contention.
Alex Hall took the second medal of the day for the U.S. Freeski Team as well as his second X Games Norway medal of the season by winning knuckle huck gold. Alex jumped from the bottom of the pack to first place by landing a switch tail butter 1440 to cap off his round. Announcer Tom Wallisch called it the most difficult trick of the day.
"This is 100% my favorite competition," said Alex. "We are all out here to have a good time. They groomed the landing so it was nice and soft and we are able to go as big as we wanted to. I was super nervous for my last trick, but I’m hyped to put it down. What a fun night."
In men's freeski big air, Alex and 2020 X Games Aspen slopestyle gold medalist Colby Stevenson took to the massive kicker in Hafjell. Although they did not reach the podium, they put on a show landing 1440’s, 1620’s, and 1800’s complete with unique grab combinations.
Antoine Adelisse earned his first X Games medal taking the gold. Norway’s Birk Ruud took silver and Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli took the bronze.
In women’s snowboard big air, Jamie Anderson, who has gone undefeated in slopestyle competition this season, finished just outside the podium in fourth place. Jamie landed a cab double 900 and a frontside 1080 with her classic effortless style.
Austria’s Anna Gasser took gold, Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka took silver, and Canada’s Laurie Blouin closed out the podium with the bronze.