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Sunday, January 30, 2005
A report from ESPN on the Ski Slopestyle competition at the 2005
Winter X Games on Sunday, January 30, 2005.
GAGNIER UNSEATS HALL IN SLOPESTYLE
Earns first Winter X medal; Hall settles for silver
Aspen, Colorado - While many were setting the stage for
Tanner Hall to become
the first Winter X Games athlete to win golds in the same discipline four
times in a row, Charles Gagnier was simply staring down the course wondering
what could be.
Coming off a victory at the Rip Curl Freeski Slopestyle (the first major
competition of the season), Gagnier was certainly on the top of his game.
And he, along with the rest of the Slopestyle community, knew it would take
at least that to knock Hall - the sportís king.
"I had envisioned the run I wanted in my mind and I just killed it," said
Gagnier, who landed a Big Switch 210 on the rail, a Double Cab 720 and a
Cab 1080 off the final kicker en route to a final-run score of 92.66. "The
judges have been stoked on Tannerís style for two years and now the
judges are finally getting into my style. The past two years I feel like I
have established myself and I feel like I have arrived."
Despite falling short of the four-peat, Hall (Kalispell, Mont.) was still
able to add another medal to his Winter X Games collection (four gold, two
silver) with a 450 on and 270 off a rail and a big 1080 off the final kicker.
With wins in three of the biggest contests in 2004 (U.S. Open, World Skiing
Invitational and World Superpipe Championships), Hall is ready for a big 2005.
"Charles really killed it today," Hall said after his score of 91.00 came
up just short. "I had a good run and I really need to get ready for my next
Jon Olsson (Are, Sweden) was in a familiar spot for the fourth year in a
row - the bronze medal position, to improve his overall medal count to
seven (one gold, one bronze, five bronze).
"I would really like to see some bigger jumps and a lot more air," Olsson
remarked. "Seeing all of the guys here doing tricks really pushes me
to get better."
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