ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Japan’s Sena Tomita notion it used to be a mistake once they placed the gold medal around her neck.
The 22-one year-outdated halfpipe rider won her first Winter X Games title Saturday — the victory secured when the favourite, Maddie Mastro, decided no longer to grab a fourth and final flee to identify out for the utilize.
While Tomita stood at the bottom and looked toward the beginning space to glance Mastro, an X Games presenter got right here to her with the gold medal. Tomita within the begin waved her off, figuring it needs to be a mistake. It wasn’t, and now Tomita joins the likes of Chloe Kim, Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler as a winner of indubitably one of snowboarding’s premier events.
Tomita will most likely be at the Olympics in two weeks. Kim, the defending Olympic champion and a six-time X Games winner, wasn’t at this contest as she prepares for Beijing.
So, this end in Aspen formed up as a showdown between Spain’s Queralt Castellet and Mastro, who has been engaged on the double-cork 1080 — a trick with two off-axis flips that some tell supplies her an out of doors likelihood to beat Kim in China.
Nonetheless Mastro couldn’t land either of her double-cork attempts Saturday night. She got right here in nursing an ankle hurt from earlier this season. The falls shook her up, and when her final likelihood got right here around, she handed. She finished fifth.
Castellet finished 2d and Japan’s Haruna Matsumoto won her 2d straight X Games bronze after a final flee that incorporated a 1080 and 900.
NOTES: Sign McMorris of Canada earned his sixth gold medal in snowboard slopestyle and broke a tie with Shaun White for most X Games wins in that occasion. … The ladies americans’s huge air contest ended the identical as slopestyle had the night earlier than, with Fresh Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott edging out The united states’s Jamie Anderson for the utilize. … Tess Ledeux won her 2d gold medals in two days, including huge air to the ski slopestyle title she took Friday night.
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