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|All hail the queen of slope.|
The sun came out, the course was dialed and the women of Snowboard Slopestyle finally had their time to shine during Friday morning's finals.
Every girl on the podium today had a 7 in her run -- and not just a 7, but a stylish 7. "The girls have had 7s for a while, but grabbing and stomping is pretty new. For me, a 7 feels really slow now and I want to keep it going," said silver medalist Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas, who has competed in Winter X SuperPipe and Slopestyle since 2002, but hadn't landed in the top three until today.
Swiss rider and third place finisher Sina Candrian attempted a 9 on her first run, but didn't quite have the speed to bring it around. "This is my first Winter X Games and ending up on the podium is great. It couldn't be better," she said. Candrian's run included a double grab back 3, front 5, Cab 5, back 3, front 3, 50/50 and front 7. She has landed front 9s in competition previously, at the Chicken Jam and the European Open.
It's been a long week for the all the riders in Tignes, with the marathon-length course going through multiple incarnations and the weather fluctuating daily. "In the beginning, I was terrified. I thought, 'I don't know enough tricks.' Now I like it, because it doesn't feel like a contest, it just flows. It was challenging, but a lot of fun," said Buaas.
"You could concentrate on riding rather than freaking out about speed," said Jenny Jones, who won her third-straight Winter X gold medal today. "It's a shame that a lot of the top girls weren't able to ride. It makes for a better competition when you have Jamie and Sarka and Janna. But there's nothing I can do about that," said Jones.
Jamie Anderson hurt herself in practice earlier in the week and Sarka Pancochova pulled out of finals, going in for an x-ray on her left foot this morning.
Jones' run featured a 5-0, front 3, back 3, front 5, Cab 5, 50/50 and front 7. She added a Cab 7 to the run in practice, but couldn't bring it out in her third run of finals.
If you're wondering where you'll find today's winners tonight, they'll be celebrating, French-style:
Candrian: "On the dance floor."
Buaas: "On a table."
Jones: "On the pole."
With nearly 50,000 fans passing through Tignes over the course of the week, it's safe to say they won't be alone.
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle finals results:
1. Jenny Jones, 92.33
2. Kjersti Oestgaard Buass, 86.66
3. Sina Candrian, 83.00
4. Spencer O'Brien, 80.66
5. Silje Norendal, 63.33
6. Charlotte van Gils, 48.33