Antti Autti, 19, established his name in the world and took home gold at Winter X Games Nine in the Men’s Snowboard Superpipe final competition after he threw down two back-to-back 1080s, followed by two 900s and two 720s. Not bad for this new comer who kept us all guessing until his final run of the three-run format where he secured his win against the who’s who of pipe to include Danny Kass, who claimed bronze, and prodigy Shaun White, who was pushed off the podium to 4th place.
Autti survived a final run scare from Andy Finch, who won silver, and hung on to claim his first X-Games gold medal. He is definitely on a winning streak after clenching two world titles in half pipe and big air last week in Whistler, BC, Canada and now the Winter X Games Nine.
“Antti served notice with one of the most technical pipe runs in the history of competitions, said Jason Arnold, marketing manager for VonZipper. “This young phenomenon showed the US what the rest of the global snow riding community already knew. “Antti is the future.
A humble Autti shrugged off his win and claimed that although he had done two 1080s in one run, he had never attempted back-to-back 1080s so he was hyped to have pulled it in front of the world.
Autti is sponsored by VonZipper, Billabong, and Flow boards and bindings.
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