Wow! What a weekend! Janna Meyen took the Gold from all the other females in the Winter X-Games VII held at Buttermilk Resort in Aspen, Colorado. Markku Koski took the Bronze in the Superpipe finals and Matt Hammer placed 6th in the Slopestyle.
Congratulations to Janna Meyen! She pretty much threw down a solid run at the Seventh Annual Winter X-Games held at Buttermilk Resort in Aspen, Colorado on February 2, 2003. The last day of the contest started out pretty grey and, unfortunately for the women, the weather came in to make things difficult for the rest of the girls to complete the contest. So, after taking one run each, some of the girls complained about not being able to get another chance to redeem themselves for a better score. Due to the amount of snow that had accumulated within the short time of the finals, many of the girls felt it was too dangerous to complete the contest, so they called it quits and ran with everyone's first run scores.
Օ Matt Hammer started out with an amazing run until he broke his board on the last hit of the Slopestyle course. He came around after a switch 900 and snapped his board, causing him to spring off into a summersault. Unfortunately, he placed 6th in qualifying for the finals due to his fall. Since he had to ride one of his teammate's boards, he couldn't quite get a good feel of a complete new board, so he maintained a decent score, which put him in 6th. Matt will be spending the next couple of weeks filming with Standard Films and then he's off to Japan for two-and-a-half weeks for the Slopestyle, among other promotional events.
Markku Koski started out looking pretty solid with his run in the Superpipe finals at the X-Games. His runs were flawless, with a back-to-back combination of 1080s to a 1260. His runs were so smooth, it looked like he wasn't even trying. After a solid finish, he ended up getting bumped into 3rd place for the Bronze and an invitation to next year's extravaganza.
Օ Dionne Delesalle has been slaying it up in Canada with The Wildcats and Mack Dawg film crews. He was on such a good roll until last week, when he overshot a jump, causing him to land in the flats--which he claims was one of his biggest bails. Dionne stressed his knee, so he'll be relaxing for a few and concentrating on strengthening his knee by attending physical therapy.
Nicolas Droz was feeling strong at the X-Games, but unfortunately didn't quite make the finals for Slopestyle due to his knee feeling a little sore. He was a little stressed due to the lack of snow the States had compared to Europe. He'll be here searching for fresh powder until February 24 and then head back to Europe for more snow.
Օ John Jackson has been trying to focus on competing in a few AST contests within the last couple of weeks so he can earn enough points to keep competing in some of the bigger events in the future. He won a halfpipe event held at June Mountain a couple of weeks ago, which will help to keep going. He'll be concentrating on filming with Standard Films for the next couple of weeks until he heads off to Japan in mid February for the Slopestyle event.
Tyler Lepore is one mean machine. Don't let his happy-go-lucky-smile fool you. He's been slaying it up in Whistler, stomping everything in sight. He's been filming with Kevin Sansalone and getting a lot of good shots for Kevin's new project, The Movie Video. Look out for it next fall...
Օ Joni Makinen got invited to the Lesard Productions Fabulous Tournament held at Flaine, France from February 4-9. Basically, the people who organized this contest invited eight superstars and eight up-and-coming young riders to compete for a prize purse of $100,000 Euro. Joni just reported that it has been snowing so much the avalanche danger is the highest it's ever been. Good luck, Joni!
Chad Otterstrom unfortunately separated his ribs not too long ago while competing at The Session in Vail. He said it's a recurring injury and he's planning on taking the next few weeks off. Unfortunately, he won't be able to compete in the Toyota Big Air scheduled to go on later this month in Japan.
Օ Roberta Rodger is patiently awaiting for the conditions to get better in Whistler. So far they've been having a really slow year.
Kevin Sansalone has been keeping pretty busy ever since the Triple Crown. He's been filming with Tyler Lepore, as well as his crew in Whistler. Although the conditions haven't been all that great, they've been hitting up some rails in town, as well as the park. Kevin will be competing at the Slopestyle in Japan later this month along with Joni Makinen, Tyler Lepore and Dionne Delesalle.
Օ Wille Yli-Luoma is freaking out since Europe has been getting an amazing amount of snow. He's been eager to snowboard since he's had to compete in a few events such as the European Open held out in Livino, Italy last week. Unfortunately, Wille's been riding with a hurt shoulder for the past few weeks. He'll be concentrating on filming as much as possible through the rest of the season.