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Sunday, January 30, 2011
What to watch at today's Winter X


The last action-packed day is upon us here at Winter X 15, and women's slopestyle will be one of the day's highlights. This afternoon, an international field of 10 women will spin, flip and rail slide their way down a tightly packed slopestyle course, with 70-foot kickers and kinked rails. Here's what to look for and who to watch.

Women's Snowboard Slopestyle

Jenny Jones: Winning the last three X Games gold medals (Winter X 13, Winter X 14, European X), this bubbly blonde Brit is a rock solid contest machine. Known for consistent runs and solid landings, Jenny can handle the heaviest of contest pressure and makes hitting 70-foot kickers look easy.

Torah Bright Bright, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in snowboard halfpipe, was noticeably missing in last night's SuperPipe showdown. Bright, one of the best all-around riders in the business, and one of the few women who competes in both slopestyle and SuperPipe, decided to focus her attention on today's slopestyle. Look for a series of technical combinations off the jumps and expect her to bring Olympic caliber attention to Winter X.

Janna Meyen-Weatherby: Meyen-Weatherby is one of a handful of Winter X athletes to lock down a four-peat, and the only pioneer of snowboarding still competing. Meyen-Weatherby won the US Open in 1991 and has had a long career of snowboarding success. Look for big solid 540s, 720s along with a cab 900and enjoy watching one of the greatest women in snowboarding in what could be her last year at Winter X.

Jamie Anderson: This California girl has won every event in snowboarding including two Winter X wins. And with her laid-back, yet fearless approach to life and snowboarding, she's a shoe-in for this year's podium. Technically superior on the rails and jumps, Anderson has more tricks in her bag than the average bear, so look for 540s and 720s every which way and -- if we're lucky -- a backside 900.

Enni Rukajarvi: This shy Finnish up-and-comer is one of the fresh faces in the sport. With a solid set of 540s, backside, frontside and cab, she'll definitely be in the mix. If Rukajarvi can handle the pressure of X, she just might find herself on the podium.