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Janna Meyen: Simply Golden

Jan 31 2006 / Tuesday

Janna Meyen X GamesSweet victory: Janna accepting her gold medal

As we reported last Saturday, etnies Girl team rider Janna Meyen won her fourth consecutive Winter X Games gold in Slopestyle, becoming the first athlete ever in X Games history to fourpeat! Here’s an update on her history-making final run and the events that led up to it.

Janna Meyen X GamesJanna celebrating with her brother (left) and etnies Snow Team Manager Eddie Lee. Since Eddie knew Janna was going to fourpeat all along, he came prepared with T-shirts.

In Friday’s qualifiers, Janna led the pack by nearly 14 points, scoring so high in her first run—90.33 points—that she didn’t even bother taking a second one. Saturday during the main event, however, she fell doing a front 540 in her first run, putting her in last place with 52.00 points. Gulp. “Everyone was freaking out not knowing what was going to happen next,” remembers etnies Snow Team Manager Eddie Lee. Being a consummate pro (Janna has been winning events since 1991), she took a breather and collected her thoughts. She then proceeded to pull out a flawless second run: switch boardslide down the flat/down box to railslide-fakie, Cab 720, Cab 540, backside 540, air over the Xchange box, to a huge backside 360 on the “last chance booter.” The run earned her 91.33 points, taking her from last place to first. Simply golden.

To check out more photos from the event, visit the Janna Meyen Winter X Fourpeat Photo Gallery.

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