X Games Norway 2017 – Athletes
- Men - Ski Big Air
- Men - Ski Slopstyle
- Men - Snow Big Air
- Men - Snow Slopestyle
- Women - Ski Big Air
- Women - Ski Slopstyle
- Women - Snow Big Air
- Women - Snow Slopestyle
The only rookie and the youngest on the Slopestyle roster, Alex Hall, 18, an American who grew up in Switzerland, won the Big Air contest at the One Hit Wonder in Australia (Sept. 2016) with a switch triple 1800. Hall, whose parents are professors at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, just graduated from the Winter Sports School in Park City, UT, in Nov. 2016.
Norway’s Felix Usterud is making a name for himself for skiing in his bathrobe. But he has comp. chops, too. He won the overall FIS World Cup (Crystal Globe) in 2015 for slopestyle, and finished 2nd at the 2016 European Open in Laax, SUI (slopestyle). The 22-year old Norwegian, who finished 7th in Big Air at 2016 XG Oslo, has a great sense of humor and is known for his double frontflip tailgrab and his big biceps.
Brock Crouch is a member of U.S. Snowboarding’s rookie slopestyle team, but he’s quickly outgrowing that “rookie” label. He will make his X Games debut at Aspen in 2017, but with results like a slopestyle win at the 2016 FIS World Cup Olympic test event in South Korea, this 17-year-old has proven he can roll with the best in the business. A Southern California kid, Brock grew up splitting time between surfing the waves of Carlsbad and road tripping to Mammoth Mountain to hone his snowboard skills. A dual-sport threat, Brock traveled to Portugal in 2016 to represent the U.S. at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
Eric Beauchemin is a U.S. Snowboarding slopestyle athlete that has been making big waves in competitive world. He had his breakout in 2015 when he won the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, alongside teammate and fellow X Games athlete Hailey Langland. He had another stellar showing at the Burton U.S. Open in 2016, where he placed second in a Teenage Mutant Ninja costume. And yes, there was pizza.
A member of the Canadian National Team, Noah Morrison grew up skiing at Silver Star Mountain in BC, CAN — the same stomping grounds of former XG Aspen gold medalist TJ Schiller. Morrison finished 8th in Big Air in 2015 and competed in Slopestyle at XG twice, his best finish, 8th in Tignes where he was the youngest skier in the Final (18). A progressive jumper, Morrison finished 3rd on the AFP Big Air year end rankings in 2015 and has a triple, and double, cork 1620.
The youngest (18) and lightest (122 pounds) on the roster at XG Aspen 2016 Big Air, Luca was also one of two rookies and four Swiss skiers. He finished 7th. Luca is from Schwyz, a German speaking city in the middle of Switzerland. He also competed at XG Oslo where he finished 15th in Big Air.
The most dominant skier in women’s slopestyle’s history, Turski, 27, has 7 XG medals – all slopestyle. After skipping XG 2015 as she continued to recover from two surgeries (left ACL and right shoulder, June 2015), Turski started competing again in August (5th, Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ). She will compete in select events in 2016 while making the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea her main goal. She’s so dominant that she has only missed the slopestyle podium four times out of 29 slopestyle starts since 2008. However, she broke her left arm in early Dec. training for the Dew Tour and she missed XG Aspen 2016.
After four years of injuries, X Games rookie Klaus Finne is happy to just be skiing again. The Norwegian works at a lumber yard to stay in shape and has his own film company, Backlands Media in BC. He finished 5th at the US Grand Prix, Big Air at Fenway (Feb. 2016).
A four-time Big Air bronze medalist (2010, Aspen 2013, 2015, Aspen 2016), Switzerland’s Ambuhl’s most recent XG medal was bittersweet — he tore his left ACL on his final jump and had surgery shortly after the event. He missed the rest of the 2015/2016 season. Over the summer, Elias married his longtime girlfriend Sarah in Switzerland, and several XG competitors attended, including Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, Joss Christensen, James Woods and Noah Morrison. Ambuhl makes his 8th XG appearance at Aspen 2017; it will be his first competition since XG Aspen 2016.
A talented up and comer, look for Evan’s leftside and rightside triples during the Slopestyle competition in 2017. This graduate of Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario has competed at XG twice with a best place finish of 12th in 2016. Evan started the season off in style breaking the top ten at the Dec. 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO. He finished 7th ahead of veteran competitors like Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy.
The most dominant slopestyle skier since Tanner Hall ruled from 2002-2004, Goepper earned his third straight Aspen gold in 2015. The talented Midwesterner has 4 medals in 5 X Games competition starts — three gold and a silver. An injured left shoulder cut short Goepper’s 2015 season, but he still landed on the podium at 3 of 5 events during an abbreviated campaign. Not bad for a guy who grew up skiing at Perfect North Slopes in southern Indiana: elev. 800 feet, with 400 vertical feet and 100 acres of terrain. In 2016, Goepper looks to become the first male skier to earn 4 gold in one discipline.
Posting impressive results in both big air and slopestyle, Jesper is yet another Swedish sensation like former XG’ers Jon Olsson and Jacob Wester. Drew much attention for a wild double backflip that he threw in April, 2014 at the Nine Knights — he flipped over several features and it was awe-spiring. He has competed at XG twice: with a best place finish of 5th in Big Air in Aspen 2015. Recently, finished 8th at the Dec. 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO. Has a great eye for photography, hence his 130,000 Instagram followers.
A Slopestyle podium favorite at XG Aspen 2016, Christensen broke his left hand in practice. He toughed it out and didn’t drop from the contest, opting instead to wear a brace. It did affect his performance, though, and he finished 9th. Went in for surgery immediately after X Games Aspen. This Olympic gold medalist (slopestyle, Sochi) earned his first XG medal, Slopestyle silver, at Aspen 2015. Known for creative rail lines and an ability to throw big doubles and triples in the opposite direction, Christensen is back and healthy in 2017.
Known for his creative grabs and spins, ABM finished 7th during the Slopestyle Elimination at XG Aspen 2015 on the strength of his first run. However, he then tore his left ACL on the final jump during his second run and couldn’t compete in the Final. His drop led to Nick Goepper’s controversial entry into the Final. ABM was on the roster for Aspen 2016 but broke his left collarbone right before the comp. Injuries haven’t slowed ABM down, though. He recently finished 3rd at the Dec. 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO—the biggest slopestyle event before XG Aspen 2017.
Julia “Jules” Marino is a young member of the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Slopestyle Team who will make her debut at X Games Aspen in 2017. One of two women currently landing a Cab double underflip with regularity, Jules is on the come-up. Originally a skier, this 19-year-old out of Westport, CT, started snowboarding when she broke a ski in the trees and had to ride a board the rest of the vacation. Winner of the Big Air at Fenway event in 2016, Jules is no stranger to the big stage.
This 24-year-old Finn surprised at Aspen 2011 when she became the first XG rookie to win women’s SBD Slopestyle. She also was the first female from Finland to medal at an X Games winter event. Enni went on to earn silver at 2012. She sets herself apart with progressive rail tricks and massive spins that go higher and farther than most of the other women. Just a week before XG Aspen 2014 she split her knee open on a rail and wasn’t able to compete. She did make it to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where she says she had a hard time snowboarding because of her knee, but she still earned silver.
From humble beginnings in his local village to double World Champion (2013, big air and slopestyle), Roope Tonteri returns to X Games for the first time since 2013, when he competed in both Aspen (9th) and Tignes (10th) in Slopestyle. The 23-year old Finn has been on a roll since, the first to repeat his big air championship in 2015, finishing 2nd in slopestyle.
Brandon Davis had a breakout year in 2016, winning the Mammoth stop of the U.S. Grand Prix and the World Championships a month later in Yabuli, China. Brandon made his X Games debut at Aspen in 2014, where he finished 11th against a stacked field of veterans. Brandon recently moved “home” to Big Bear, California, and is a member of the U.S. Snowboarding pro slopestyle team. He likes to spend his time off the snow doing “man stuff” like hiking, camping, fishing, skateboarding and shooting guns.
Mikey Ciccarelli is another strong Canadian slopestyle snowboarder; he will make his X Games debut at Aspen 2017. Coming from a family of skiers, Mikey has been snowboarding since the age of six, when his parents finally relented to his begging and bought him a board. With a World Cup win (2015) and Youth Olympic gold (2012) on his resume, this Ontarian is excited to step onto the big stage at XG. Mikey rides in the memory of his father, who he lost to cancer in October 2014.
At just 16 years of age, Red Gerard is a household name in the snowboard industry. He made his big stage debut at 15 with a 5th-place in his Dew Tour debut in Dec. 2015, a 5th at the U.S. Open in March 2016 and a podium finish at the Ale Invite Big Air. Red also joined an exclusive group of shredders at Danny Davis’ Peace Park event in 2016 and is the youngest rider featured in Transworld Snowboarding’s “Insight.” A member of the Burton Global team and U.S. Snowboarding’s Pro Slopestyle team, Red makes his home in Summit County, CO, where he has his own backyard park, complete with rope tow powered by a 50cc dirt bike.
Tyler Nicholson is a member of the strong Canadian snowboard crew that has been dominating big air and slopestyle competitions in recent years. The 21-year-old from Ontario, CAN started snowboarding at the age of seven, and was hitting the jumps and rails before his first season came to an end. With a third-place finish, Tyler joined fellow X Games athletes Max Parrot and Mark McMorris in a Canadian sweep of the podium at the 2017 Laax Open on January 20th. Now living and riding in Whistler, B.C. with his girlfriend — X Games superstar Jamie Anderson. Tyler will make his third X Games start at Aspen in 2017.
This three-time XG Ski Big Air gold medalist (Aspen 2013, 2014 and Oslo 2016) is an innovative jumper with an irrepressible personality. The Swede has the most Ski Big Air gold in history. Known for his nose-butter takeoffs, Henrik throws some of the most creative tricks in skiing. He’s no slouch on the slopestyle course, either. He recently won the Dec. 2016 Dew Tour (Breckenridge, CO) event and owns X Games Slopestyle silver. He also took second at the World Cup South Korea Olympic test event in mid-February 2016. He competes in both Big Air and Slopestyle at XG Aspen 2017.
With immense talent and a healthy dose of charisma, Canadian Mark McMorris has been one of snowboarding’s leading men since taking gold in XG Slopestyle and Big Air in 2012. He repeated the feat in 2015, becoming the second snowboarder in history to earn double gold at a single event. At XG Aspen 2014, he slammed his torso into a rail and broke a rib during his final Slopestyle run. He still earned silver. He recovered just enough — and just in time — for the Winter Olympics, where he landed what he called a “dream run” but settled for bronze. But life is good. At 22, McMorris has nine XG medals, snowboards for money, dates pro surfer Coco Ho and lives in a SoCal home that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Silje is the three-time defending XG Slopestyle gold medalist entering 2016 (Tignes 2013, Aspen 2014 and 2015). She learned to snowboard with her mom, Marit; Silje was 4 and Marit was 41. Silje came up through the competitive ranks of Norwegian snowboarding, attending the NTG snowboard school as a teenager and eventually joining the strong Norwegian national team. Her riding is stylish and she has serious jump skills — she stomps her landings and lays down solid frontside rodeo 720s. She also is a fitness fanatic with stunning looks; the 22-year-old is a Nike covergirl and has been featured in the Norwegian editions of Cosmo and Elle magazines.
At her 11th X Games appearance (Aspen 2016), Spencer O’Brien laid down a technical and stylish Slopestyle run to finally earn her first gold medal. The 28-year-old Canadian is one of the most progressive female slopestyle riders on the scene. Always a favorite for the podium, Spencer now owns five XG medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). She became the first female to land a 900 in X Games competition when she stomped a backside 900 off the Money Booter at XG Aspen 2015.
Kjersti may be the oldest ski or snowboard athlete competing in a trick discipline at XG Aspen 2015 (33), but she has an effortless, natural style, and she’s working hard on a 1080 that may be in her run by XG. The Norwegian is a frequent podium contender; she has 2 bronze from XG and won the Crystal Globe (#1 on the World Cup circuit) in 2013. The well-rounded rider is a four-time Olympian (’02, ’06, ’10, ’14) who has halfpipe bronze from Torino in 2006. She lives in Breckenridge, CO, and is passionate about Protect Our Winters.
With two gold in less than 24 hours at XG Aspen 2014, Max emerged from the shadows of fellow Canadian stars Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant. Parrot became only the second man to win both Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle at the same X Games (McMorris). The 21-year-old Quebecois added Big Air silver in 2015 and Big Air gold at X Games Aspen 2016, bringing his XG medal total to five. Max is dedicated, driven and practices longer and harder than perhaps anyone at X Games. The second person to land a quad, Max stuck a quadruple Cab underflip in April of 2015. He won the Fenway Park Big Air comp on Feb. 11.
At XG Aspen 2016, Ragettli came out of the gate swinging. The youngest rider on the roster, 17, and the only rookie, Ragettli threw back-to-back triples (in both directions) on his first run. It was the first time back-to-back triples had been landed in a full slopestyle competition. One of five Swiss skeirs on the Big Air roster for XG Oslo. Ragettli finished second to Vincent Gagnier in the Big Air at Fenway event in mid-Feb.
This ripping Norwegian made his X Games debut at Aspen 2016, taking bronze in Slopestyle two days after his 19th birthday. Roisland has at least three versions of the triple cork in his bag of tricks, including a switch backside 1620. Watch for him to have the chops to stand up to the veteran field; he trains with the Norwegian national team alongside Stale Sandbech and Aleksander Oestreng. Mons competes in the Air & Style series and collected slopestyle wins in 2015 at the Red Bull Nanshan Open (January) and the Volkl World Rookie Finals.
This Norwegian will be a crowd favorite in Oslo, where he recently bought a home. Competitors and judges tend to agree that Stale has the best style in the field, if not always the most technical tricks. He makes snowboarding look very, very good, and 2015 was a breakout year. He claimed Slopestyle silver at X Games and took the 2015 Air + Style overall Big Air title after a win at Innsbruck, 2nd in Beijing and 3rd in Los Angeles. The four-time X Games medalist missed the podium in both Big Air (5th) and Slopestyle (7th) at Aspen 2016, but scaffolding jumps like the Tøyen venue at X Games Oslo historically have been very good to him. Owns slopestyle silver from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
“Seb Toots” is a member of the strong Canadian Slopestyle and Big Air contingent that includes Mark McMorris and Max Parrot. Toutant is one of the reasons Men’s X Games Slopestyle has been dominated by Canadians since 2011. The 23-year-old has earned five X Games medals in seven appearances, including two Slopestyle gold: as an XG rookie in 2011 and at Tignes 2013. The Quebec native took Slopestyle silver and 4th in Big Air at Aspen 2016, and he’ll be a Big Air favorite in Oslo after his win earlier this month at Air + Style Innsbruck.
Maggie earned X Games Slopestyle silver in 2014 when she was only 15 yrs, 1 mos. She was also the youngest member of the US Freeski Team in Sochi. Unfortunately, the Montana native fractured her right fibula in practice in Russia and had to pull from the Olympics. Then, at her first contest back (Dec. 2014 Dew Tour in Breckenridge), she tore her left ACL and missed the 2015 season. Known for her jumping prowess; she turns heads with a switch 1080. Healthy and back in action in 2016, she just missed the podium at XG Aspen 2016, finishing 4th. In mid-February, she took second in slopestyle at the FIS World Cup test event in South Korea.
Jossi is a five-time X Games medalist from three different disciplines: Big Air (2012 bronze), SuperPipe (2010 silver) and Slopestyle (silver in 2008 and Tignes 2013, gold in Aspen 2016). In both 2012 and 2013, he competed in all three freestyle ski disciplines at XG Aspen — Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air, proving he’s one of the most versatile skiers on the planet. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jossi was the only skier to compete in both slopestyle (11th) and halfpipe (4th). Focusing solely on slopestyle in 2016, Wells won his first X Games gold in his 24th start in Aspen. Part of the skiing Wells clan, brothers Beau-James and Byron both have competed in X Games; Byron will be in SuperPipe at XG Oslo.
Switzerland’s Kai Mahler is a three-time XG Aspen Big Air medalist (2 silver, 1 bronze). Known for his stylie spins, Mahler hasn’t jumped on the triples bandwagon (although he can do them) and prefers to throw creative doubles like the switch double Misty 1440. A 2014 Winter Olympian, Mahler also holds his own on the slopestyle course; he finished 16th in the discipline in Sochi. Finished 5th in snowy conditions in Big Air at XG Aspen 2016.
An accomplished veteran with some of the best style in the game, Maas was the first woman to land a 900 in slopestyle competition and continues to push the sport with big spins and stylish rails. The 31-year-old learned to snowboard on the dry slopes of the Netherlands. She is known for her no-nonsense attitude and has competed twice in the Olympics: halfpipe in 2006 (11th) and slopestyle in 2014 (20th). Cheryl is married to X Games gold medalist Stine Brun Kjeldaas (Women’s SBD SuperPipe, 2000), and when not snowboarding around the globe is a busy mom to their two daughters, Lara (4 1/2) and Mila (1 1/2). Landed a switch backside 900 at X Games Aspen 2016, becoming the first woman to do so in a competition.
Hailey is the up-and-coming face of American slopestyle snowboarding. A member of the U.S. Pro Slopestyle Team, Hailey scored her first major win at the Mammoth stop of the U.S. Grand Prix in 2015. She then earned a podium finish (third) at the Dew Tour Breckenridge in December, firmly cementing her name amongst the world’s elite at just 15 years of age. She’s hard at work being homeschooled while traveling the world to snowboard and still trying to spend some time at home on the beach in San Clemente, CA.
Kleveland’s older sister put him on a snowboard at age 3, and he found much of his early trick inspiration from playing video games. After watching videos of fellow Norwegian rider Torstein Horgmo, Marcus attempted and landed his first double corks when he was 11. His first triple cork 1440 came at 13, setting a record as the youngest rider to land a triple cork. On November 5, 2015, after seeing videos of Billy Morgan and Max Parrot land the first quad corks, he became the third (and youngest) rider to land a quad, making a backside quad 1800 seem almost effortless on Stubai Glacier in Austria.
In an October 2015 ESPN The Magazine story, X Games staple Gus Kenworthy announced publicly that he was gay, becoming the first male action sports athlete to do so. He’s also said that keeping closeted may have led to struggles at XG. Despite immense all-around skills — he’s won the AFP overall title five years running — Kenworthy had just 1 medal in 16 XG competition starts (Slopestyle bronze, XG Tignes 2013). Without the pressure of hiding his “true self,” Kenworthy finally delivered on skiing’s biggest stage at Aspen 2016, earning silver in both SuperPipe and Slopestyle. It was the first time an athlete had medaled in the two disciplines at the same XG since Jon Olsson’s streak in 2002-2005.
One of two Norwegians on the Aspen 2016 roster, Johanne scored an impressive bronze at her first X Games. She stood out in Aspen because she spun both ways on the rails and jumps. Comes from a small town called, Dombaas, with about 2000 citizens. It’s the same town that has produced many successful athletes like Marcus Kleveland and Emil Andre Ulsletten, both snowboarders on the national team.
This 21-year-old Swede will make his 4th X Games appearance in Snowboard Big Air in Oslo. He hopes to bring a triple rodeo, which has never been landed at X Games, to earn his first Big Air medal. The 2014 Olympian (4th in slopestyle) has one X Games bronze Slopestyle medal and a serious bag of technical tricks that give him podium potential. He claims he tried a quad cork four years ago but didn’t land it. He said he will try to find other ways to push progression rather than more and more spinning. He’s returning to competition after a dislocated right shoulder when he over-rotated a triple backflip in November 2015.
Sildaru, just 13 yrs., 11 mos and 88 pounds when she took gold at XG Aspen 2016 in the women’s Ski Slopestyle competition, is a force. In Aspen, she logged the highest score of the comp during her first run (93.00), and it held up as former X Games gold medalists like Tiril Sjastad Christiansen and Emma Dahltstrom, as well as 2014 Olympic gold medalist Dara Howell, made pass after pass. By winning gold she became the youngest gold medalist at a winter event, topping the record set by Chloe Kim in 2015 (and Kim broke a record that had stood for 15 years). She is the second youngest gold medalist in X Games history (behind Ryan Sheckler, who was 13 when he won Skateboard Park gold in 2003). Is also the first Estonian X Games medalist.
The often underrated McRae Williams has had no problem stepping up on skiing biggest stage. He has medaled in 2 of 4 XG appearances: gold at Tignes 2013 and silver at Aspen 2014. After missing the XG Aspen Slopestyle final in 2015 (10th), he bounced back nicely, landing on the podium at four major slopestyle comps before finishing first in the 2015 AFP rankings for slopestyle.
A “dry slope” kid from Great Britain, Woods grew up skiing on artificial turf out in the “moors,” as he likes to describe them. Great Britain’s most popular freeskier, Woods turned heads when he netted bronze after qualifying No. 1 as an XG Aspen rookie in 2013. A good overall season in 2015 saw “Woodsy” finish 4th in the AFP rankings for slopestyle and take another X Games top-5. He had another good performance at X Games Aspen 2016, finishing 4th in Slopestyle.
A three-time X Games Aspen gold medalist, Brown, 24, is considered one of the most progressive and stylie jumpers on the planet. He was the first skier to land two doubles in a run (Dew Tour Breckenridge, Dec. 2008), the first (and only) skier to win two gold at the same X Games (2010 Big Air and Slopestyle) and the first to land a triple cork 1440 (spring 2011). This 2010 ESPY nominee (Best Male Action Sports Athlete) — who also won XG Aspen Big Air gold in 2012 — netted his sixth XG medal in 2016 when he earned silver in Big Air in Aspen.
Anna Gasser is a 23-year-old Austrian who has been snowboarding for just five years. She went from the Austrian National Gymnastics Team to Austrian Olympic Team in a brand new sport: slopestyle, where she finished 10th, not landing her runs. At her first X Games in 2015, she finished 5th. It’s that flipping background that made her a natural, including landing her first Cab double backflip 180 (Nov. 2013).
Skiing sans poles, Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom nailed one of the most difficult rail lines in women’s skiing slopestyle history, regardless of contest, at XG Aspen 2015. By winning, she became the first woman skier from Sweden with gold since Sanna Tidstrand in Skier X 2005. Emma practiced all week without poles, not because she was injured, but because, as she joked, she has a tendency to lose them. Dahlstrom rode her XG momentum the rest of the season. By year’s end, she secured the overall slopestyle titles for both the FIS World Cup and the AFP. She finished 6th at XG Aspen 2016.
The most decorated rider in X Games Slopestyle history, Jamie owns 11 medals, including 4 gold, and she recently added her fifth silver at XG Aspen 2016 despite breaking her collarbone in December. She won gold in slopestyle’s Olympic debut in 2014 and has never missed the podium when competing in XG Slopestyle. Her results prove her unparalleled consistency, and her riding is authoritative and stylish. She was the first female snowboarder in history to land a 1080 (Nine Queens, 2015), but it’s what she does off snow that shows her true spirit. This tree-hugging (literally), ohm-chanting, yoga-loving, moon-cycle-observing, go-green goddess considers snowboarding a soul sport.
This Quebec skier wowed at XG Aspen 2015 when he threw down the best rail line of the Slopestyle competition. His rail savviness netted him bronze; his first XG medal after a 4th in his debut XG appearance at Aspen 2013. Bellemare’s not too shabby on the jumps, either: He earned 2nd at the inaugural LA Air & Style Big Air competition in 2015, an event held at the Rose Bowl in southern California. He finished 8th at 2016 XG Aspen.
Hailing from the small town of Torpo, Norway (pop. 405!), this Olympian finished 13th as an X Games rookie in 2015. He upped that to bronze in 2016, one of 4 Norwegians to medal at Aspen 2016. Oystein scored a second place at the Dec. 2014 Dew Tour in Breckenridge and he’s currently ranked 6th in the AFP slopestyle rankings. Skiing is in the family; his brother Gjermund has multiple XG Snowboard appearances and also competed in the 2014 Sochi Games.