Freeskiing Programs

Rookie Takes X Games Win

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USSA
2013-03-21 10:55
 

TIGNES, France (March 21) – With sunny skis and a fresh course, talented up-and-comer McRae Williams (Salt Lake City) stomped his line and won gold at X Games Tignes on Thursday, claiming his first X Games medal in his first year competing in the big-league comps. Teammate Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) pulled it together in his third run and took the bronze medal, also earning his first X Games medal and best slopestyle finish of the season. Heavy snow created a very challenging men’s qualification on Wednesday and many of the popular medalists were eliminated, enabling the young guns to step up and deliver a fierce competition. Friday Gus Kenworthy and other U.S. Freeskiers send it during X Games Tignes men’s and women’s halfpipe finals.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Talented up-and-comer McRae Williams (Salt Lake City) stomped his line and won gold at X Games Tignes on Thursday.
  • It was his first X Games medal and career best finish during his first year competing in the big-league comps.
  • The Park City skier has been on the rise this year after he took third at Austrian Open and 11th at the Grand Prix at Copper.
  • Teammate Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) pulled it together in his third run and took the bronze medal, also earning his first X Games medal and best slopestyle finish of the season.
  • Kenworthy is currently ranked first in AFP overall. He won the AFP overall last season and in 2011.
  • New Zealand’s Jossi Wells took home the silver medal.
  • Heavy snow created a very challenging men’s qualification on Wednesday and many of the popular medalists were eliminated, such as Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) and James Woods from the UK, enabling the young guns to step up and deliver a fierce competition.
  • Bluebird skies and fresh snow was a welcome sight on Thursday and enabled competitors to go off on the well-groomed course.
  • Skiers commented that the course was small compaired to other X Games slopestyle events, but they enjoyed how well it was put together.
  • Friday Gus Kenworthy and other U.S. Freeskiers send it during men’s and women’s halfpipe.

QUOTES
McRae Williams
Unbelievable. It is just an amazing feeling. Indescribable. I did not expect it. I expected to do pretty well. I felt confident. Training went really well, skis are running good, the course is nice and the weather’s perfect. I expected good but not this good.

We’ve had amazing snow up in the mountains. Everyone’s been killing it. Everyone’s feeding off the energy. Got all my buddies on the podium. Couldn’t be more stoked.

Gus Kenworthy
I’m so stoked. I can’t even express how stoked I am. First two runs didn’t really go exactly as I’d hoped, had a bobble in first run and then on second run lost a ski on the last rail. It was definitely pressures on, but I’m just so happy I was able to put my third run down and be on the podium. Jossi, McRae and I have been homies for a really long time and we used to ski together in Park City when we were 13. So, I’m just ecstatic to share the podium with them. It’s my first medal and pipe’s tonight. I’m just feeling good.

I tried not to think about it too much. It was stacked and everyone killed it, but it wasn’t really the people that you normally see; Goepper was out, Woodsy was out, Henrik was out, Schlopy didn’t make it, Bobby was hurt. There’s a lot of big guys that you can usually expect to do well that weren’t here so I used that as motivation, like ‘Hey, some of the heavy hitters aren’t here. It might be a little easier.’ And turns out it actually wasn’t cause everyone killed it so hard. I’m just stoked. 

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