Extreme sports made one of their first big appearances of 2021 this weekend at X Games Aspen. Although the event looked a little different this year with no spectatorship and no bumping after parties, the athletes still brought just as much skill and style to the table this year. With records broken left and right in many of the women’s categories, and some first time tricks landed all around, the 2021 X Games left nothing behind. The first day of the games brought legendary skiing from Mathilde Gremaud when she became the first woman to land a switch double 1440 safety grab in competition. In addition to Gremaud’s historic run, Eileen Gu took home medals in two of three disciplines (Women’s Ski Big Air and Women’s Superpipe) making her the first Chinese athlete to win gold at the X Games.
You can watch the winning runs from Women’s Ski Big Air here:
Day two proved equally as exciting as day one of the games with Eileen Gu breaking more records. In a short twenty-two hours, she became the first woman to win two gold medals and three medals overall as a rookie of the Games after winning Women’s Ski Slopestyle gold. In addition to Gu’s success, Andri Ragettli made waves at Ski Big Air when four out of six tricks scored 45.000 or higher. The highest scoring of these was a triple 1980 mute and was only the second time it had been landed in competition. Lastly, Chloe Kim left her mark after a nearly two year hiatus from competition winning gold at Women’s Snowboard Superpipe.
Chloe Kim's Winning Run:
Day three of the Games only kept the action going. Seventeen-year-old Dusty Hendrickson became the first snowboarder to win two gold medals in his rookie year as well as the first American to place at the top of the podium since 2009. Marcus Kleveland continued to raise the bar for snowboarders on day three by landing the first ever backside quad cork 1800 Indy grab. The Ski Knuckle Huck closed out the weekend with gold going to the most decorated X Games skier out there; Henrik Harlaut, but only after Harlaut bailed on Slopestyle. Harlaut placed sixth at Big Air and felt the scoring was unfair, prompting him to drop the event.
Harlaut's Knuckle Huck:
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