None of the girls from Team GB made it into the X Games, but that’s okay it’s still awesome to watch girls shred and push the boundaries no matter where they are from.
Here is a quick rundown of the women’s events, schedule and competitors for this year at Aspen, along with a few ‘ones to watch’.
The girls are straight into it on the Wednesday (Jan 21st) with the Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final where we will see the first gold medal of the competition. The girls invited this year are Maddie Bowman (USA), Annalisa Drew (USA), Roz Groenewoud (CAN), Janina Kuzma (NZ), Marie Martinod (FRA), Ayana Onozuka (JAP), Brita Sigourney (USA) and Angeli VanLaanen (USA). The big question in this event will be, can Maddie Bowman win her 3rd consecutive Women’s Ski SuperPipe gold medal? Or can the likes of Roz Groenewoud get back to her winning ways after being the runner up to Maddie on both occasions? The event starts at 7pm U.S. Mountain Time, 2am in the U.K. might be a bit of a late one.
The following day sees the Women’s Snowboarder X qualifying. The list of riders are Carlie Brenneman (CAN), Belle Brockhoff (AUS), Raffaella Brutto (ITA), Faye Gulini (USA), Lindsey Jacobellis (USA), Alexandra Jekova (BUL), Dominique Maltais (CAN), Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA), Michela Moioli (ITA), Helene Olafsen (NOR), Eva Samkova (CZE) and Chloe Trespeuch (FRA). The clear girl to look out for is Lindsey Jacobellis, Who won last year and is looking to make it 9 Women’s Snowboarder X gold medals. The Qualifying starts at 11am U.S. Mountain Time, 6pm in the U.K. and the Final starts the next day (Jan 23rd) also starting at 11am U.S. Mountain Time, 6pm in the U.K.
Saturday is a big day for the girls with the Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final and the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final. Competing in the Ski Slopestyle we will see Nikki Blackall (CAN), Emma Dahlstrom (SWE), Keri Herman (USA), Dara Howell (CAN), Julia Krass (USA) , Devin Logan (USA), Anouk Purnelle-Faniel (CAN) and Darian Stevens (USA). This could be an interesting one to watch with none of the previous years medalists made it this time round. Dara and Devin will be looking to take this chance to improve on their medal tally but with a few newcomers in the event anything could happen. This event will start at 1:30pm U.S. Mountain Time, 8:30pm U.K. time.
In the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final the girls invited this year are Torah Bright (Aus), Queralt Castellet (ESP), Kelly Clark (USA), Arielle Gold (USA) and Chloe Kim (USA). Torah set her sights high at last years Winter Olympics by going for gold in all three snowboarding disciplines, and came away with a sliver medal, she will be looking to get back on top. However, Kelly Clark will have a lot to say about that as she goes for her 5th straight gold medal in this event, but even Kelly will be looking over her shoulder as the sensational 14-year-old Chloe Kim is set to return, looking to improve on her fantastic silver medal last time round. This event is definitely my pick of the X Games. This is set to start at 6pm U.S. Mountain Time, 1am U.K. time, it will be well worth staying up for!
Finally wrapping up the women’s events is the ‘Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final’ on the Sunday (Jan 25th). The riders involved will be Jamie Anderson (USA), Cheryl Maas (NED), Silje Norendal (NOR), Spencer O’Brien (CAN), Kjersti Oestgaard Buass (NOR) and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN). Silje will be looking to match last years result and pick up another gold, but Jamie Anderson will surely try to nab a medal after having to settle for silver last year. This will kick off at 9:45am U.S. Mountain Time, 4:45pm U.K. time.
This looks set to be another big year for the X-Games, I’m sure we’ll be seeing the boundaries pushed again.