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Estonian excels in ski slopestyle as American snowboarder Powell wins.
Estonian sensation Kelly Sildaru clinched a gold medal double in Aspen after she stormed to victory in the women’s Ski Slopestyle on Sunday to make Winter X Games history as American Zeb Powell also triumphed. Here is all you need to know:
– Sildaru, 17, had already wrapped up Ski SuperPipe gold on Saturday and managed to see off Sarah Hoefflin and Maggie Voisin to make it an event to remember.
– Her second run included a rightside 900 with a mute grab, followed by a leftside 900 with a tail grab and then a rightside 720 off the fin to cap off a tremendous week.
– She now has nine Winter X Games medals to match Shaun White for the most by a teenage athlete, while her five golds are the most by any athlete 17 or younger.
– Sildaru revealed to The Aspen Times: “I’m just trying to enjoy it and have fun skiing.”
– Swiss Mathilde Gremaud finished in fifth place, while France’s Tess Ledeux had to settle for eighth place after her gold medal heroics in Ski Big Air on Friday.
– American Zeb Powell captured gold in the Snowboard Knuckle Huck with the 19-year-old from North Carolina holding off Norwegian star Marcus Kleveland for the win.
– Kiwi Nico Porteous finished just outside the medals in the Ski SuperPipe with Canadian Noah Bowman eighth, while Canadian Craig McMorris was seventh in Rail Jam.