When it comes to contests, I’m not the one¿I hate crowds. But here goes: The course was good, so good in fact Aaron Bishop claimed, “It was the best X Games Slopestyle in the last four years.” Marc Frank said it was pretty good, but too slow at the top handrail section: “You have to be totally on it and pump the trannies a lot.”

The contest showcased consistency. For example, BJ didn’t do well¿but he threw some seriously ill maneuver’s. Some riders are simply unwilling to play it safe. Too bad they place like shit for pushing it.

In the women’s side it was no surprise to find Tara Dakides in the number-one position, even after Leslie Olson reenacted the infamous Nancy Kerrigan incident. It seems she smashed Tara in the face with her snowboard¿on accident of course. Tara’s tough though, she can’t be faded¿she was the only woman to do the spine rail. Janna Meyen grabbed second place and as Tina Basich relates, “It’s the first time everybody’s really got to see Janna perform, so it was like her world-wide release! Her and Tara were really stepping it up!”

The coolest part about the contest was the camaraderie between competitors. All the pro’s were huddled around a mini-twelve-inch monitor cheering each other on at the top of the course. It was remarkably mellow and relaxed. Even with all that money for grabs, it was just a bunch of guys riding snowboards. New-kid-on-the-block Travis Rice really impressed the judges. Homeboy fell twice and still took the contest somehow. I’m not hatin’¿he has skills. “Future Boy” Shaun White showed he’s not just a pipe kid and took a convincing second. Travis Parker commented, “Shaun White got robbed. He only got second. He’s so good.” In number three was Todd Richards. Todd just doesn’t fall¿he knows the game. Tech tricks, and minimal mistakes, equals money in the bank. Jussi was killing it with switch-backside spins, and Kevin Jones had the dopest run I saw all day¿period. Chris Engelsman rode super strong, as Marc Frank got dissed by the judges in typical fashion. Local boy Ryan Lougee rode really smooth and represented well, doing Aspen proud. Tom Gilles thought the judging sucked, but added his usual humor saying, “At least I beat JP.” JP flailed, but for the few moments he had his game on, he was the best.

At the awards ceremony Travis Rice was hyped: “I won a big-air event last weekend, but I’ve never won anything this big.” Shaun White was stoked as well, mumbling something about wanting to win a car¿as if second place and a grip of cash weren’t enough. It takes more than third place to get Todd Richards all excited: “Yeah, I guess I’m pretty pumped … I’d be pumped on first place.”

After the awards ceremony, Boarding for Breast Cancer auctioned off hand-painted breastplates of Tara Dakides and Megan Pischke. Tara’s sold for a record-high 700 dollars.

In conclusion, the contest went off without a hitch. The weather was good, the competition friendly, and the event well organized¿word!

Snowboarding Slopestyle ¿Men’s Final Results

RANK – BIB # – NAME – HOMETOWN – SCORE
1 – 257 – Travis Rice – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – 90.67
2 – 269 – Shaun White – Carlsbad, California – 89.67
3 – 254 – Todd Richards – Encinitas, California – 89.00
4 – 233 – Kevin Jones – Truckee, California – 85.33
5 – 218 – Chris Engelsman – Sandy, Utah – 82.67
6 – 271 – Travis Williams – Whistler, B.C., Canada – 80.67
7 – 347 – Jussi Oksanen – Kirkkonummi, Finland – 79.67
8 – 216 – Nico Droz – Avoriaz, France – 75.67
9 – 200 – Jeff Anderson – Mammoth Lakes, California – 71.67
10 – 202 – Aaron Bishop – Mammoth Lakes, California – 71.33
11 – 260 – Dave Downing – Encinitas, California – 62.33
12 – 386 – Travis Parker – Jonestown, Texas – 60.00
13 – 238 – Rahm Klampert – Mammoth Lakes, California – 58.00
14 – 272 – Ryan Lougee – Aspen, Colorado – - 58.00
15 – 270 – Tom Gilles – North Lake Tahoe, California – 56.33
16 – 224 – Marc Frank Montoya Denver, Colorado – 55.33
17 – 267 – Kurt Wastell – Salt Lake City, Utah – 50.00
18 – 232 – Jeremy Jones – Salt Lake City, Utah – 48.33
19 – 204 – Jason Borgstede – Eagle River, Alaska – 47.67
20 – 240 – Bjorn Leines – Salt Lake City, Utah – 45.33
21 – 266 – J.P. Walker – Salt Lake City, Utah – 40.33
22 – 241 – Peter Line – Seattle, Washington – 34.67
23 – 214 – Josh Dirksen – Bend, Oregon – - 33.67

Snowboarding Slopestyle – Women’s Final Results

January 20, 2002 ¿ Aspen, Colorado

RANK – BIB # – NAME – HOMETOWN – SCORE
1 – 294 – Tara Dakides – Mammoth Lakes, California – 90.00
2 – 345 – Janna Meyen – Big Bear Lake, California – 84.67
3 – 290 – Barrett Christy – Vail, Colorado – 75.67
4 – 318 – Line Oestvold – Oslo, Norway – 75.00
5 – 288 – Hana Beaman – Big Bear, California – 68.67
6 – 337 – Marni Yamada – Seattle, Washington – 66.67
7 – 333 – Emily Thomas – Cremorne, Australia – 65.00
8 – 303 – Dresden Howell – Salt Lake City, Utah – 54.67
9 – 346 – Megan Pischke – Vail, Colorado – 53.00
10 – 286 – Ming Kao – Vancouver, B.C., Canada – 49.33
11 – 342 – Juanita Platz – Portland, Oregon – 48.33
12 – 310 – Jaime MacLeod – Stowe, Vermont – 47.67
13 – 285 – Annie Boulanger – Whitler, B.C., Canada – 40.33
14 – 315 – Sara Osterberg – Littleton, Colorado – 39.00
15 – 336 – Katrina Voutilainen Portland, Oregon – 38.67