Farrington Wins First Gold in Snowboard SuperPipe
Olympic Gold Medalist, Torah Bright, Takes Silver
Photography by: Chris Wellhausen
Tignes, France – Kaitlyn Farrington has competed in the Winter X Games for the past three years, and tonight in the women’s Snowboard SuperPipe final, she leaves Winter X Games Europe with her first gold medal. In a field of six women, four of whom were Olympians, Farrington and Bright went head-to-head for the title.
“I was already psyched after all my runs because I knew, regardless, I was going to be on the podium with Torah,” Farrington said of watching Torah take her last run that would decide the champion.
Farrington led after her first run then had to bump up her difficulty with a backside 900 in run two when Torah Bright took the lead. Bright’s third run was her best with a combination of tricks that included a backside and frontside 540, backside air and frontside 720.
“X Games is such a huge event to action sports and to have it in France only enhances the culture of action sports on a whole,” Bright said of Winter Games coming to Europe. “That is why I am here to support the first ever Winter X Games Europe – it is history in the making.”
France added another medal to their count as Sophie Rodriguez of Grenoble finished with a bronze.Final Results from Tignes on Thursday, March 11, 2010
Name Bib No. Hometown Score
1. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho 97.00
2. Torah Bright, Cooma, Australia 95.00
3. Sophie Rodriguez, Grenoble, France 87.00
4. Mercedes Nicoll, Whistler, Canada 82.33
5. Ellery Hollingsworth, Darien, Connecticut 79.00
6. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas, Trondheim, Norway 78.66
WINTER X GAMES EUROPE 2010
The inaugural Winter X Games Europe will feature nearly 150 men and women from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Skiing and Snowboard. Additionally, there will be daily Snowmobile Freestyle demonstrations. The event is the first Winter X Games held outside the United States and brings together ESPN’s world class X Games franchise with Canal+ Events and Tignes Ski & Snowboard Resort.