FEB 29, 2016
The Atomic winning streak continues! This time, Oslo, Norway was the site to hold it's very first Winter X Games.
The capital was divided into two main venues, hosting the Big Air Ski and Superpipe Ski events. The World's best skiers were on hand, and the Atomic Team fulfilled their expectations adding more medals to an already very successful season.
The week began on the masive Big Air jump in Tøyen, near the Oslo city center. Over 14,000 fans were on site to witness the best 8 Big Air skiers to battle it out on the 410 foot long, 187 foot high scaffolding jump, the first since the early X Games, in San Francisco. The 24 year old Colorado native, Gus Kenworthy, was looking to extend his recent Winter X Games success and came out swinging with a first score 91.66, on a switch double cork 1440. Although Gus crashed on his second attempt, he was able to hold on for 3rd on the podium, and another X Games Bronze Medal. Once again, the young Swiss talent, Fabian Boesch, the winner of the Winter X Games Aspen 2016 Big Air event, found himself on the podium, just missing out on another X Games Gold. Boesch landed his triple cork 1620 on both attempts, but was not enough to catch the Swede, Henrik Harlaut. Fabian has now medaled in both of the Winter X Games he has entered, and looks to continue that success towards the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, in South Korea.
The final day of action was to go down in Wyller, at the Superpipe, in front of many cheering spectators. The Women's Superpipe event kicked off in the afternoon and saw Japan's Ayana Onozuka continuing her successful run through the 2015/16 season. After crashing on her first two attempts, Ayana was able to land a very technical run, including a "down the pipe" switch 540, and take away the Bronze medal from France's Marie Martinod. Next up was the Men's Elimination round, with Gus once again showing his athleticism, and putting his Atomic Punx skis to the test yet again. In Kenworthy's last run of the elimination round, he put down a very solid run to pass his Atomic teammate, Taylor Seaton, and made his way dramatically into the 8 person finals.
The stage was set for primetime, as the Men's Superpipe highlighted the final evening in Oslo. The best and most accomplished skiers in the World were ready to do battle under the Norwegian nightfall, in front of thousands of fans. Gus, the 2x Winter X Games Aspen 2016 Silver Medalist, had an uncharacteristic start and crashed on both of his two attempts. Kenworthy is no stranger to pressure, however, and capped his Winter X Games experience by thrilling the crowd on his last run. Gus stomped a number of very technical tricks, including one of the largest alley-oop double flat 900's ever, in route to another Bronze medal to add to his collection.
Atomic is very proud of all their competing athletes, and congratulates Ayana, Fabian, and Gus for their continued dominance in the sport of Competition Freeskiing. Make sure you follow all of the Atomic athletes at www.facebook.com/atomicskiing.