Tom Wallisch scored an Winter X Games record 96 points in route to winning his first slopestyle gold medal. (Scott Markewitz Photography/ESPN)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 26) – Crowd favorite Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) won his first X Games gold medal in slopestyle with a record-breaking score of 96 points, the highest in the event's hisotry. The win puts him in contention to be the winningest male athlete in one slopestyle season. Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) finished second.
Wallish scored 96 points, the most in the event's eight-year history
Wallisch’s unique wall ride back 450 trick cemented first place
Wallish can become the winningest male slopestyle athlete in a season with a victory on the Dew Tour at Snowbasin, UT in two weeks with a win
Wallisch’s record breaking run consisted of a textbook back 450, switch 270 with a back 450 off to switch right 900 mute grab, left double 1260 mute grab, to a switch right double 1080 Japan grab, to a switch left 1080 Japan grab.
Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) consisted of doubles all four ways as well as technical rail tricks.
Norwegian phenom Andreas Hatveit (Sudndalen, Norway) came in third with a run featuring great grabs and spinning both directions.
This is amazing, under the lights in primetime and this crowd, it is amazing. I think it’s going to open the sport up to a bigger audience and make it just that much sicker to watch. It is getting crazy and crazier, everyone was doing perfect runs it was just a matter of trying to stand out some how.