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U.S. Athletes Star At Winter X Games Halfpipe Skiing

By January 26, 2013

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At the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, U.S. Freeskiing's David Wise (Reno, NV) repeated an X Games gold to lead a USA podium sweep in halfpipe skiing. "This has been a great night," said Wise. "I was hoping for this, but I wasn't expecting it. I was so happy to get the dubs dialed and it's been a goal of mine for a long time. I went out there and laid it down."

Aspen hero Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, CO), returning from injury, took silver in his first event back from injury while veteran Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) who landed his eighth superpipe and first since 2011 won bronze.

Maddie Bowman also of the U.S. Freeskiing Team (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) put together back-to-back 900s to take her first X Games gold in only her second appearance. It was the second straight win for Bowman who topped the field in the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Copper Mountain two weeks earlier. Canada's Roz Groenewoud and Megan Gunning were silver and bronze.

U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team skier Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) wowed the crowd throwing a never-before-seen in competition 1260 on each of three runs to finish sixth in her X Games debut while U.S. Freeskiing's Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) was fifth, Jen Hudak (Park City, UT) seventh.

Halfpipe skiing will make its Olympic debut next season in Sochi, with Olympic test events there next month.

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