X Games Norway 2018 – Athletes
- Men - Ski Big Air
- Men - Snow Big Air
- Men - Street Skateboard
- Women - Ski Big Air
- Women - Snow Big Air
- Women - Street Skateboard
Takeru Otsuka is a name to watch for in the coming years. He’s another world-class snowboarder coming out of Japan and has come out in a big way becoming the slopestyle World Rookie Champion for the second year in a row, earning himself a ticket to X Games Norway. Big brands have taken notice of him too, with Burton signing him before any of their competitors too. It just goes to show that Takeru Otsuka is here in a big way, and he’s here to stay.
Chris Corning has exploded onto the competitive snowboard scene, going from a relatively unknown name to a member of the elite Quad Club — he first landed a backside quadruple cork 1800 in spring 2017. He’s the 2017 FIS slopestyle Junior World Champion and 2016 FIS slopestyle Crystal Globe winner, and he started the 2018 season by winning the opening World Cup Big Air event in Milan (Nov. 2017) and taking 2nd in Big Air at the Copper Grand Prix/World Cup and in slopestyle at Dew Tour Breckenridge. Chris had his rookie X Games experience at Aspen this year and will be raring to improve in Norway in May.
Just 17 years old, Red already is known throughout the industry, and his profile continues to rise. Red has received invitations to Danny Davis’ Peace Park the past two years and has filmed for Transworld Snowboarding the last two years as well — he has a full part in this year’s production, “Arcadia.” A member of the Burton Global team and the U.S. Snowboard pro slopestyle team, Red lives in Summit County, CO, where he is the sixth of seven children. He has his own backyard park, complete with a rope tow powered by a 50cc dirt bike.
This ripping Norwegian earned Slopestyle bronze in his X Games debut at Aspen in 2016 and has been a staple at all winter X Games since. Mons rides with the flair and subtlety the Norwegians are famous for, and he also has big, technical tricks needed to compete for the podium. With at least three versions of the triple cork in his bag of tricks, including a switch backside 1620, watch for this 21-year-old to be in the mix at every contest he enters. Mons was on the Norwegian national team alongside the likes of Stale Sandbech.
This 23-year-old Swede made his 5th X Games appearance in both Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air in Norway last year where he came away with slopestyle gold. He had a stellar 2016 season that included the overall win on the Air + Style tour and a standout award at Superpark 20. He kicked off the 2016/2017 season in style with a win at the Mile High in August. The 2014 Olympian (4th, slopestyle) has a serious bag of technical tricks.
Maggie burst onto the scene when she took a surprise Slopestyle silver back at X Games Aspen 2014. Then just 15, the Montana native is now a seasoned competitor; she earned her second X Games medal in Norway 2017 in Big Air (Bronze). She’s the only American to medal in women’s Ski Big Air. She represented America at PyeongChang this year, coming just shy of the podium.
This 19-year-old Norwegian is a relatively new name on the international circuit. He started on the World Cup circuit just a year ago, and his X Games debut happened just a few months ago at X Games Aspen 2018. That being said, he’s come in with a splash. His first podium finish on the FIS circuit happened 2 months after his debut and has continued to hit the podium since. His clear talent has garnered attention, and he’s shown it at his first Olympic Games as one of the Norwegian favorites where he finished eighth.
An X Games rookie in 2017, Hall (then 18) finished 13th in Aspen and 16th in Norway. He finished 4th overall on the AFP rankings for slopestyle in 2017 and represented USA at PyeongChang. This American grew up in Switzerland where his parents are professors at the University of Zurich. He’s also broadening his mind at the University of Utah at the same time as competing.
Posting impressive results in both Big Air and slopestyle, Jesper is another Swedish ski ace like former X Gamers Jon Olsson and Jacob Wester. He drew attention for a wild double backflip that he threw in April 2014 at the Nine Knights — he flipped over several features in a high-consequence, creative jump. He has competed at X Games seven times, with a best finish of 5th in Big Air in Aspen 2015. Has a great eye for photography and vid clips, which partially explains how he has over 216,000 Instagram followers.
Young and talented, Ragettli became the first person to land a quad cork 1800 on skis (March 2017). It was at the Suzuki Nine Royals, South Tyrol, Italy. At Aspen 2016, the Swiss threw back-to-back triples (in both directions) in his first run on his way to placing 6th. It was the first-time back-to-back triples had been landed in a full slopestyle competition. At 23, Ragettli has already made five X Games appearances and one Olympic appearance. He has a best place finish of 5th from Aspen 2017.
Hailing from the same hometown as skiing legend Jon Olsson, Oscar Wester came out strong in 2014, winning both the Jon Olsson Invitational and Nine Knights with a triple cork 1620 safety grab. Brother of former X Games competitor Jacob Wester, Oscar also competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics, where he finished 18th in slopestyle. He only built on that success, which has recently culminated in multiple world cup victories and his participation at PyeongChang 2018 (11th). Oscar competed in his first X Games in 2015 and has also competed at Aspen 2018. Those weren’t his only trips to X Games, though. He’s been twice before to watch Jacob compete.
A four-time Big Air bronze medalist (2010, Aspen 2013, 2015, Aspen 2016), Switzerland’s Ambühl’s most recent X Games 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 X Games competitors attended, including Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, Joss Christensen, James Woods and Noah Morrison. Ambuhl made his 8th X Games appearance at Aspen 2017; it was his first competition since X Games Aspen 2016.
This young Norwegian came on strong in 2017. He won the World Cup Big Air in Voss, Norway, before finishing 2nd overall in the AFP rankings for slopestyle. He’s competed at X Games Big Air both times it’s been held in Norway, finishing 5th in 2017.
Norway’s Felix Usterud originally made a name for himself by 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). More recently, Felix has hit numerous podiums on the FIS and World Cup circuits and represented Norway at the Olympics. The 24-year old Norwegian, who finished 7th in Big Air at 2016 X Games Oslo and 2017 X Games Norway, has a great sense of humour and is known for his double front-flip tail-grab and his big biceps.
Another ripping Norwegian, Emil Ulsletten won Beijing Air & Style (Dec. 2014) with a switch backside triple cork 1440. He placed 8th in his X Games Slopestyle debut in 2014 and 7th in 2015 and will be a hometown favourite at X Games Norway. He’s from Dombaas, Norway, roughly four and a half hours drive North of Oslo, and has lived in Oslo since 2014 (when he’s not chasing snow or surf around the globe).
From humble beginnings in his local village to double World Champion (2013, big air and slopestyle), Roope Tonteri has been appearing at the X Games for years. The 26-year old Finn has shown his skill around the globe over the years, including being the first to repeat his big air championship in 2015, finishing 2nd in slopestyle.
Markus Olimstad first stood on a snowboard when he was 14, and has made it his top priority ever since, taking Slopestyle and Big Air podiums as he’s come up through the Norwegian Norgescup series and begun competing on the World Snowboard Tour.
Skiing sans poles, Sweden’s Emma Dahlström nailed one of the most difficult rail lines in women’s skiing slopestyle history, regardless of contest, at X Games Aspen 2015. By winning, she became the first woman skier from Sweden with gold since Sanna Tidstrand in Skier X 2005. Emma earned her second and third X Games medals at 2016 and 2017 X Games Norway in Big Air (both bronze). She then built on that success and won gold in slopestyle at X Games Aspen 2018. The Swedish skier landed on the skier has consistently landed on the World Cup podium and represented Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Winning Tampa Am in 2016, the biggest contest in amateur skateboarding, helped propel Dashawn Jordan to the big leagues after spending years as a podium regular on the Damn Am series. He says 2017 was all about proving to himself that he can now hang with his favorite skaters. After being a late edition to X Games Minneapolis in 2017, he made his name known at the X Games by finishing 5th in his X Games debut.
Yuto Horigome’s rapid rise in the last few months makes him one of the most exciting stories in SKB Street entering X Games Minneapolis 2017. A late addition to the field after stellar podium performances in Street League and Dew Tour in 2017, his first major pro level contests, the Japanese skater finished 9th at Minneapolis. Nyjah Huston and O’Neill, his Nike SB teammates, both say he’s the biggest threat and the one to watch.
A force on the European skate scene, her invite to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Beijing gave her a new drive to invest more into her skateboarding. She quit her job as a social worker, moved back in with her parents and to fund her trip to Austin in 2016 (and other events along the way) and set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise 10,000 Euros to pay for her travels. That effort produced a 4th place finish in Women’s Skateboard Street in 2015 and 2016. No Dutch athlete has ever earned an X Games medal in skateboarding, but Jacobs is as close as she can get to changing that.
Kevin Bækkel is a skateboarder born in Hamar that has been steadily building a name for himself. After coming into the limelight making videos with Creature and being on the road with multiple skateboarders, Kevin found out through a tag on Instagram that he landed himself on the cover of Thrasher magazine. Just in 2017, Kevin was also nominated for Thrasher’s Skateboarder of the Year.
Curren Caples appears to have figured out X Games Skateboard Park. He’ll never admit it. He might not even know it. But two gold and two silver from four Park events prove it. Next up? Parlaying his immense talent into a Street podium; he made his first Street final in three attempts at X Games Oslo 2016. The Ventura-based surf and skate rat was the first X Games athlete to be born after the X Games began in 1995 when he appeared in Skateboard Park in 2010. He’s the son of former pro surfer Evan Caples and is named after surf legend Tom Curren, and he features an appealing style influenced in part by all the hours he spends in the waves.
Alec took X Games Austin ’14 Street bronze as a rookie, and he knows how to make the most of his opportunities. The 22-year-old ripper from Rochester, MN, grew up skating in basements, garages and the cold, windy streets of Minneapolis, giving him a versatility and resilience other skaters can’t match. Won Tampa Am in 2012 and took 3rd as a pro in 2014. After finishing 4th at both X Games Austin ’15 and X Games Oslo ’16, Alec has established himself as a premier pro and demonstrated it at Minneapolis in 2017 taking away silver.
Boesch was an X Games rookie and one of four Swiss skiers on the 2016 Aspen Big Air roster when he claimed a surprise gold, triumphing in snowy, adverse conditions. He backed that up by taking silver at XG Oslo a month later. Unfortunately, he bruised a heel in X Games Aspen 2017 Slopestyle practice and was forced to drop from both that discipline and Big Air. While the injury sidelined him for most of the season, he has already bounced back nicely finishing 3rd at the Aug. World Cup in Cardrona, NZL. A talented junior racer-turned-freeskiing competitor, Fabian crushed it during the 2015/2016 season, winning the overall AFP title for big air in addition to collecting podiums at four major slopestyle competitions. Fabian had a good showing at X Games Aspen 2018 Big Air, being just edged out of the podium to finish fourth.
Now one of the best contest skiers on the scene, Braaten earned a convincing Slopestyle gold at X Games Aspen 2017. He backed it up with a win in front of the home-country crowd at XG Norway. Now a two-time winner of the AFP slopestyle title (2016 and 2017), Braaten — who is a native of the tiny Torpo, Norway (pop. 405!) — also was nominated for a 2017 ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete. He added to his medal collection at X Games Aspen 2018 with a silver in big air and slopestyle. Action sports runs in the family: Øystein’s brother, Gjermund, has multiple X Games Snowboard appearances. Both brothers competed in the 2014 Sochi Games.
In 2016 Kyle Mack signed his name into snowboard history when he won the slopestyle title at the Burton U.S. Open with a run that included back-to-back triple corks. The 19-year-old Michigander first popped up at USASA Nationals at age seven when he began dominating the twerp-class age brackets in slopestyle and halfpipe. Now a member of the U.S. Snowboarding team with an impressive list of recent Big Air and Slopestyle results, he made his X Games debut at Aspen 2016, finishing 7th in Big Air.
Yuki Kadono became the third Japanese athlete to win gold at an X Games winter event when he topped the Big Air field at Oslo in 2016. Now 21 years old, Yuki joined a small number of humans on the planet to have landed a quadruple cork when he did so in May of 2017. Yuki’s was a backside quadruple cork 1980, the most rotations ever landed on a snowboard. Yuki won the U.S Open in 2015 by landing a backside triple cork 1620 to a switch backside triple cork 1620 — the first time in history back-to-back triple corks were landed in competition.
“Seb Toots” is one of the reasons that men’s slopestyle has been dominated by Canadians since 2011. The 24-year-old grabbed Slopestyle silver at X Games Aspen 2016 and now owns 5 X Games medals in 9 appearances, including two Slopestyle gold: as an XG rookie in 2011 and at Tignes 2013. A double threat in Big Air and Slopestyle, the French-Canadian won the Innsbruck Air + Style event in 2016 and has several top-3 finishes thus far in the 2016/2017 season, including a win at the Cardrona Games in August and December podiums at the Beijing Air + Style and Winter Dew Tour comps. In mid-February last year, he claimed a huge slopestyle win at the FIS World Cup in Quebec, beating X Games medalists Mark McMorris and Marcus Kleveland.
Kelvin Hoefler might be the person most deserving of a Skateboard Street invitation. The Brazilian skater took 7th in an X Games Foz qualifier event in 2013 but missed the cut, then received an outright invitation in 2016 after taking wins at major contests all around the world, including Street League, Dew Tour, and the Kimberly Diamond Cup, but had to skip it due to a leg injury. Now back to full strength, he says he’s been dreaming of competing at X Games ever since he was 8 years old, skating a box and rail setup in his mother’s kitchen and garage in Sao Paolo and pretending he was Bob Burnquist. All that work seems to have paid off at Minneapolis 2017 where he won gold.
Luan Oliveira is one of the older skateboarders at X Games Norway 2018, and one with a storied and vivid history. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil 27 years ago, Luan had a tough beginning but found his passion and solace in skateboarding. Leaving the favelas and urban skateparks in 2007 thanks to a YouTube clip and Flip Skateboards, he started his career in a big way winning the 2008 and 2009 Tampa Arms. Since then, he has amassed 2 silvers and 3 bronzes at various X Games (including X Games Oslo 2016), has found the podium in just about all major competitions and shows no sign of slowing down.
With one of the best attitudes on the ramp, 17-year old Jagger Eaton is the youngest athlete to ever compete at X Games (11 in 2012). Jagger showed his true colors on the Big Air ramp, dedicating his run to his brother, Jett who wasn’t able to compete that year. He finished 4th in Big Air twice in 2013. Improving on his Skateboard Street Ams bronze in 2016, Jagger won gold in the same event this past year at Minneapolis.
Felipe Gustavo is a ledge assassin, destroying anything that comes his way with speedy, precise and stylish ledge combos. The Brazilian has been a mainstay of skateboard coverage since he won Tampa Am in 2007. He may have only been in the contest because his father sold the family car to get him there, but now he’s here for good, having turned pro in 2013 and establishing himself as one of the best skaters around.
Sean Malto’s skateboarding reflects his easygoing and relaxed personality. The 28-year-old from Kansas City, MO, is dominant in almost every aspect of his skating, whether it’s a massive handrail, ledge or just flowing down the street. He has medaled once–silver–in five X Games appearances. He has two first-place Steet League Skateboarding finished. Transworld Magazine’s 2009 Rookie of the Year has only gotten better over the years, a fact cemented by his amazing part in Girl’s “Pretty Sweet”.
This talented Norwegian won three consecutive X Games Snowboard Slopestyle gold medals (Tignes 2013, Aspen 2014 and 2015). She then showed her skills in Big Air at Hafjell 2017 winning gold. 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.
Reira Iwabuchi may be new to X Games, but she isn’t new to snowboarding. This Japanese phenom started competing at just 7 years of age. By 11, she was winning regional contests and at 14 she was a Slopestyle national champion. In December 2017, Reira stomped a Cab 900 and backside double cork 1080 at the Copper U.S. Grand Prix/FIS World Cup to take the win, standing on the podium above proven veterans (and X Games athletes) Julia Marino and Silje Norendal. This 17-year-old made a big splash at her first X Games, where she made the podium in Big Air in second place. She then added onto her X Games medal count by repeating her result this year at Aspen 2018.
After missing X Games Aspen 2014 and 2015, the talented Norwegian skier scored silver at Aspen 2016. At Aspen 2013, when the focus was on Kaya Turski’s quest for the four-peat, Tiril, then 17, took gold as a rookie. Six weeks later, she earned silver at X Games Tignes. By year’s end, she finished second overall in the AFP rankings for Slopestyle. A favorite for gold at both Aspen and Sochi in 2014, Tiril tore her left ACL in Dec. 2013 and missed the season. She also missed X Games Aspen 2015. In Feb. 2015, she returned to competition and has made the podium in 9 of 10 events since (as of Feb. 15th, 2016).
The late addition to the X Games Aspen 2017 Women’s Slopestyle roster shocked with a silver medal. She was just 15 and the second-youngest woman in the comp at the time, but Tess looked composed and unaffected by the big stage in Aspen. She backed that up with silver at X Games Norway. Tess went on to win the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain and took bronze in Aspen 2018. Another of the many top skiers from La Plagne, FRA, the teen is the cousin of three-time X Games SuperPipe gold medalist Kevin Rolland.
Aori Nishimura finished 8th at her first X Games. The 15-year old Tokyo-based skater still skates as an amateur but earned recognition at age 10 when she did an Ollie over a traffic cone. She is learning English every day, laser-focused and consistent. A recent sponsorship by Coca-Cola Japan and attending a Justin Bieber concert had been the highlights of her year, but a gold medal in Women’s Skateboard Street at X Games Minneapolis 2017 changed all of that.
Enni Rukajärvi surprised at Aspen in 2011, becoming the first female snowboarder to win X Games Slopestyle as a rookie. She also became the first Finnish woman to medal at an X Games winter event. Enni took Olympic Slopestyle silver in 2014 and headed to Pyeongchang as a member of the Finnish Olympic team earning bronze. She won the Innsbruck Air + Style Big Air comp and the Laax Open Slopestyle in 2017 and she’s also been spending time filming in the backcountry and the streets. Enni has the tricks and the style to compete with the best — the 27-year-old is back on the X Games podium finishing 3rd in slopestyle.
One of the few street skaters in Albuquerque, Mariah Duran sessions with her brothers in the cement drainage ditches and skateparks near their home. Fresh from her high school graduation in 2015, she finished 8th as an X Games rookie in Women’s SKB Street. Since then, she’s put the pressure on other skaters by winning gold at X Games Minneapolis in 2017. Duran is now 21 and putting off college to pursue a transition into professional skateboarding. She loves filming and says a session isn’t complete unless she logs a clip or lands a new trick.’
Pamela Rosa won X Games Oslo 2016 Women’s Street, becoming the youngest champion in the discipline (age 16) and making X Games Austin a repeat. The golds came after earning silver at both Austin 2014 & 2015; she’s one of the most consistent skaters in the women’s game. Rosa is shy, and the attention she’s garnering is a bit intimidating. But competing sure doesn’t intimidate her, and she has a nice bag of flip tricks, including her favorite, a backside double flip.
Alexis is one busy woman: She’s a pro skater and graduate of MIT grad school. With a risk-taking nature on-course and huge pop, she goes for big tricks and frequently reaps the reward. Sablone is a super smooth skater who will go for tough trick combos. She also has really big pop that allows her to reach obstacles other women can’t, and perhaps the highest Ollie in the women’s game. “I like to be alone at competitions,” says Sablone. “I get too nervous if family and non-skateboarding friends are watching. I tell myself no one is watching [even though there are TV cameras].”
Johanne Killi is off to a great start at X Games: The 20-year-old has medaled in 5 of 6 competition starts (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze in both Slopestyle and Big Air competitions). At X Games Norway 2017, she came through in front of the home-country crowd, taking Slopestyle gold in her second run. Johanne comes from the small town of Dombaas, which has about 2,000 citizens. Her family owns a dairy farm. She won the first big Slopestyle event of the 2017/2018 season, the Dec. 2017 Dew Tour Breckenridge.
A late bloomer, Sarah Hoefflin was just a weekend warrior until she graduated from university in 2013. After earning a neuroscience degree, Hoefflin decided to put the “real world” on hold while she pursued her skiing dreams. The gamble is paying off. She picked up the sport quickly and won the 2017 Crystal Globe for Slopestyle. An X Games rookie at Aspen 2018, Hoefflin finished 4th in Slopestyle and took home the gold in Big Air.
Meet the 13-year-old pro snowboarder who is taking the snowboarding world by storm. She has already claimed numerous victories in various events, including the 2017 World Rookie Finals. On the FIS circuit, she has recently claimed 4th at a Slopestyle event in Japan. Making her X Games debut at X Games Norway 2018, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
At the age of 17, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has a storied past and is likely to add to that in the future. Born in Australia to American and Kiwi parents, she made her move to New Zealand at the age of 6. Starting out skateboarding, she made her move into snowboarding. After winning a silver medal and placing fourth at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World championships in Slopestyle and Big Air respectively, she joined up with the New Zealand National team. There, she won them their first Olympic medal in the Winter Olympics in 26 years. This year, she is making her X Games debut at X Games Norway and is sure to impress.
Expect local fans in the sold-out Skur 13 Skateboard Street venue to go nuts when Oslo native Karsten Kleppan takes the course. Though he’s not known as a contest skater, his part in the 2015 video Nike SB Chronicles Vol. 3 announced to the world that he’s here to play in a big way.
Hermann Stene had his X Games debut in his home country at X Games Oslo in 2016 and we saw him again at X Games Austin the same year. Hermann Stene was born and raised in Larvik, Norway alongside 2 older brothers. The three siblings all got into skateboarding and would take turns videoing each other with their mom’s camera. Since then, Hermann Stene has gone on to make videos with Real Skateboards and Thrasher and has traveled all over the world following his passion for skating.
Hailing from Hakadal, Norway, Christian Nummedal had his X Games debut at X Games Hafjell last year and continued his X Games run at X Games Aspen 2018 earning himself 5th place. The 22-year-old Big Air and Slopestyle skier earned two victories on the FIS circuit last year and is ranked as one of the top Big Air athletes in the world. These achievements earned him a spot on the national team this past year.
A skater’s skater, everyone else on the course wants her to do well, and that happened in 2017 when she earned her first X Games medal (silver). The 23-year-old is one of the most humble (and powerful) skaters on the scene, and her moment to shine is near. She flipped a 12- stair during the Ryan Sheckler Foundation event (May 2017) and she was one of 3 girls on the King of the Road tour (premiere June 2017). She’s an avid reader and never takes a trip without a book (paper, of course).
At 14, Lacey became one of the youngest X Games medalists ever when she earned Women’s Skateboard Street bronze. Today, she’s a full-time graphic designer who has kept her skills sharp enough to earn X Games medals. Baker’s assortment of creative lines and flip tricks make her tough to beat, and the video part she dropped in 2013 is heralded as one of the best female parts ever. Baker turned pro in 2014 and was added to the coveted Nike SB team in April of 2017.
Leticia is a corporate-backed rock star, one of the best-known skateboarders in the world. A skate rat at heart, she blazed a trail for Brazilian women, riding a skateboard when no one thought she should. Until recently Bufoni was considered one of the best contest skaters in the discipline, with 6 straight medals in X Games Women’s SKB Street and a bag of burly, jaw-dropping moves. The three-time gold medalist’s XG podium streak ended in 2014, but she has the skills to start a new one. Bufoni was the first woman to grace the cover of The Skateboard Mag (Oct. 2015) and the first woman on the Nike skate team. She has a huge online presence, with 1.2 million Instagram followers checking an account that’s equal parts skin and skate.
In 2003, Ryan Sheckler (13 yrs. 7 mos.) became the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. After a three-year medal drought, Shecks earned his 7th (bronze) at Austin in 2015. He’s been busy filming ever since, including a much-hyped appearance skateboarding alongside Leticia Bufoni in Justin Bieber’s video for “What Do You Mean?,” which has more than 160 million YouTube views since it was released. Sheckler’s stance is regular and his sponsors include Plan B, Indy, Etnies, Grizzly, CCS, Nixon, Oakley and Red Bull.
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Shane is an Aussie ripper known for video game-like technical combos, a soft-spoken demeanor and gentle personality. He got on Nike at the age of 14 and has been strategic about choosing sponsors ever since. His measured approach to skateboarding has allowed him to keep progressing at a steady clip to the point where his technical and overall skating abilities are virtually unmatched.
There’s no way to exaggerate Nyjah Huston’s place in street skateboarding: He’s the most important athlete in the discipline. The 22-year-old wins most contests he enters, including 6 of the past 7 X Games Street comps he’s entered. He’s medaled in his past 11 XG Street starts; no one else approaches that success. A silver medal, just .33 points behind Ryan Decenzo on the rainy course at XG Austin ’16, left him fired up and ready for redemption (it was his first time off the top spot since 2012, with the exception of the XG Munich ’13 event he missed due to injury). Hot to start 2017, with two Street League victories and a win at the Red Bull Hartlines event.
An alternate at XG Aspen 2017, Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud is on the roster for both Slopestyle and Big Air in Norway. She deserves to be. The only rookie on the roster, Gremaud, 17, has been coming on strong in 2017 and has landed on the podium at four World Cups between slopestyle and Big Air. She won Big Air at the February World Cup in Quebec City with a rightside rodeo 900. She also finished 3rd at the most recent World Cup in Silvaplana, SUI.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This teen surprised at her first X Games, scoring Ski Big Air bronze and taking 4th in Slopestyle at Aspen 2017. Part of the suddenly formidable Swiss women’s freeski squad, the 18-year-old won Nine Queens in 2016 with a switch 1080. With major podiums in both slopestyle and Big Air this season in addition to her X Games Aspen medal, expect to see Giulia contend for another X Games medal in Norway.
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.
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.
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).
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.