Roz Groenewoud wins Ski SuperPipe
TIGNES, FRANCE -- Roz Groenewoud won the Women's Ski SuperPipe finals Friday night at Winter X Games Tignes in a tight battle for gold that came down to the very last run.
Devin Logan and Anais Caradeux came in second and third, respectively.
Groenewoud's first run put her into the top position, but she was quickly knocked to second by Logan, who threw a huge flair, 720 and switch 5 into her run that gave her the lead by just tenths of a point.
Groenewoud was unable to improve on her score in her second run, so it all came down to her third and final run. She was the last woman of the night to drop in, throwing a 900, cork 540, 720 and switch 540 to take the win.
"I knew I was in second," Groenewoud said. "So I just tried to push myself and charge as hard as possible to get the gold. And it worked."
Said Logan: "Just being on the podium feels great. Hopefully this will light a fire under me to keep pushing my skiing."
Groenewoud is the Winter X Aspen 2012 SuperPipe champion. The Canadian had been working on some new tricks on an air bag prior to coming to France, including a corked 540 left flair. "I have the freedom to try new things," Groenewoud said before the contest. "I'd love to push it, land them and get another medal."
On the television broadcast during the Women's Finals, athletes shared memories of 2011 Winter X Tignes champ and Ski SuperPipe pioneer Sarah Burke, who died in January after an accident in the Park City, Utah, halfpipe, just a week before Winter X Aspen, where she also had won gold in 2011.
"We've got to keep pushing women's halfpipe skiing," Maddie Bowman said. "We owe it to Sarah Burke to do that."
"Sarah did it in her third run last year, too," Groenewoud said, "and I was thinking about that up at the top. I definitely felt her with me."