X Games 2014 - Women's Slopestyle Live Blog - Follow the Action As it Happens

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Boom! And we’re back – so I can’t QUITE believe this but while they’ve been trying to persuade us to join America’s NAVY (a global force for good, in case you didn’t know) we’ve missed most of the women’s first runs!

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WTF is that about?!

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But we’re happy to report that as soon as we logged in we saw Aimee Fuller sitting in second – get in!

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Silje Norendaal on course…

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According to the commentators she won in a place called Teeen-ye last year. Apparently it’s in France.

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WOW!!! That was quite a run. And… Holy SHIT a 93! Wow. Well, as the commentators said “the bar has been set”

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Lets see what Jamie Anderson has to say in response to that…

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Good-luck! to @aimee_fuller competing in the #xgames2014 today in slopestyle.#senditbuddy
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That’s nice from Jenny, wishing Aimee the best…

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Jamie Anderson!!!
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Some solid rails and a kicker line of swbs5, fs7, bs5, cab 7 sees Jamie move into first. Gonna be hard to knock her off her perch. What? Cant’ we keep the Parrot jokes going?

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Denise says it all there… JAMIE ANDERSON!! We couldn’t've put it better ourselves…

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Isabel Durengs winding up the windows…

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FULLER IS ABOUT TO DROP!!!

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MAKE SOME NOISE UK!!!

10:09
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She went sooo deep on that signature double backflip attempt but couldn’t hold it together. Still got one run left tho…

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We’re now being treated to some of Jamie Anderson’s hippy-isms while she does yoga for the camera

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She’d give Nicolas Muller a run for his money. “Silence….. Stoke.”

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Kjersti still up there as one of the styliest women in the game…

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And she’s into 3rd with an 88, despite not rotating quite as fiercely as some of her competitors. Who needs spin to win?!

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Ok and here’s Anna “I landed the first ever double cork by a woman over a kicker” Gasser about to drop in…

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Jumpin jack flash it’s a gas gas gasser…

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Heavy run. Good rail game, heavy back 7, lining up for what on the final kicker…

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Oooooh it’s the double – yeeeeeaaaah… nooooo!!! She stacks it. Damn, that looks like it hurt

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An “X Games rookie” according to the commentators. No doubt a “foreigner”too.You have to remember anyone who’s not American or a Canuck is “foreign”…

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Sarka has a shocker…

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And then Spencer O’Brien drops and… Zeeeeeeach! to start with

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Loving Spencer’s style off the kickers – her front 7 off the toes on that last kicker was s-weeeeet

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94, second place.

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And not only is Spencer one of the best riders on the course, she’s also one of the soundest… one rad lass.

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But here’s Silje, looking for Viking vengeance… remember she won a medal in Teeeeenyaaaaa y’all

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Tim Peare
@spencerobrien holds up the article featuring her and her sister @meghaanobrien in issue 10.4 @snowboardmag, “The Olympic Issue”. On newsstands soon! #spencerobrien #meghaanobrien #polaropposites #snowboardmag #theolympicissue
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Signature rodeo but Silje can’t hold onto her next jump and she sketches out.

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And there’s a picture of Spencer O’Brien looking like a down to earth lass, just in case you doubted it…

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Epic combo from Jamie Anderson on the top section – hand drag to wallride. Super creative, different league to anything else we’ve seen so far on the rails.

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And a good game on the kickers again, though not a huge step up from the last run…

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But we’ll have to wait to see the score, because we’re being invited to join “AMERICA’S NAVY” once again here…

10:25
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The Village People are seriously desperate for a new member…

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Wonga dot com. Money at ridiculous prices for cartoon grandmas.

10:27
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Get your copy of the Women’s Annual now @mission_boards / @mission_girls on #17thavenue! #yyc #womeninsnowboarding #spencerobrien #ladyshred
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Oooh there’s another nice pic of Spencer – a cover from Snowboard Canada no less. Hashtag Noice!

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Frankie knows what’s up…

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Although since when did hashtag Jamie Anderson become a hashtag? Surely she’s a person?

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All I’ve been waiting for is to watch #jamieanderson @Jme_Anderson #xgames#aspen
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Isabel can do no wrong. Durongs… geddit? Only she can – she crashes out going for a 9…

10:31
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Malika Hodges has a better idea… at least she’s tagged her. Jamie’s still in the lead btw as we sack off Isabel Derungs and the rest of the women’s slopestyle to go and watch some boardercross….

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And… yeah. It looks like we’ve been bumped to the men’s boardercross here. Sorry people, our live blog has been rudely interupted

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sorry *interrupted. There are two r’s in that

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Not that boardercross is unexciting…. but it doesn’t really lend itself to live-blogging, it’s over so quickly.

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Which (incidentally) is exactly what she said…

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That was quite exciting though – some dude called Chas and some other dude in a stupid brightly coloured outfit had a photo finish… who won…?!?

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Oh, Chad did. He’s Chad, not Chas apparently. Well done Chad. You win…

10:36
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And finally, back to women’s slopestyle. THANK YOU!!! Christ, whaddya have to do to get a decent, uninterrupted live stream around here?

10:37
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And first up is Silje – “making the financial district her playground” as the commentator puts it. She’s the Norwegian Wolf of Wall Street – eat your heart out Leo…

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Shark attack! Pretzel as the first rail trick Boom!!

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Contributing editor Sam “One of the better rail runs there…”

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Unfortunately she can’t hold it. No amount of “sharka, sharka sarka seeeearaaareeeraaaaka” from the commentators will help her land that unfortunately.

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So we’re getting the live commentary from contributing ed Sam as well as Kier watsisface on ESPEN LYSTAD at the minute… and not gonna Sam’s is more perceptive. It goes “zeach front board… not the best second trick… meh… not very impressed by that rail section… and… oh dear she’s gone down”

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What the hell? Unless we’re missing something our American TV masters appear to have cut to ads during Aimee’s last run, so I’m afraid we can’t let you know how that went down. Suffice to say she’s not on the podium tho…

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Yep, not the best run by Spence. And that’s her final one – so her best hope is for silver…

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So Silje has another run… and here she goes!

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First hit… todeo 7 boom… JUST held.

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2nd hit…back 5…cab 7… switch back 5…

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Wow, that’s a good run

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96!! Wow, can’t say we were expecting that. I mean it was a good run but… 96 good? I guess she did spin all four ways, and of course it makes for great TV that Jamie Anderson now has to top that with her final run. Sure that didn’t cross anyone’s minds tho.

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But here’s Jamie with her final run… what’s she got?!?

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Hand down (wo)man down?

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Oooooohhhh shit!! Jamie’s going great for the first hit and then hand down on the second! And she HAS to get something big on that final kicker – a cab 9 at least but… she doesn’t. She doesn’t land it – which means Silje has won!!

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Silje wraps herself in the flag and turns to the crowd to celebrate, but they’d better get that medal on her quickly because it’s time for another commercial break!!

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So Silje has followed up her win in Tignes with gold in Aspen, joining such illustrious company as our own Jenny Jones. She’s leapt on by her homies, and now the annoying mic wielding presenter.

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Can’t let anything get in the way of the main event now can we? Can’t allow too much celebration… QUICK, CUT TO THE ADS, QUICKLY!!

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Seriously though, I know it’s hard to appreciate it while we’re watching adverts about “Aspen Willy” (whoever the FUCK that is) but that was quite an achievement by Silje Norendaal there… that’s her second X Games gold in a row, and also the second upset of the night. The second time a slopestyle favourite was pipped at the post, and potentially a VERY interesting portent of what might happen at Sochi.

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Might we have to re-evaluate our ideas about who’s who in the slopestyle? Should X Parrot and Silje be crowned favourites ahead of McLovin and Ms Anderson? We’ll see… but the X Games 2014 Slopestyle has been a far more interesting contest than we could have predicted. Thanks for following these live blogs, we’re tagging out but we’ll be back again for the Five Ring Circus in a week or so’s time.

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Oh and in the interim, please share your thoughts on anything snowboard related by tweeting us @whitelinesmag, @edblomfield or @tris_kennedy. And feel free to contribute your thoughts and/or photos to these live blogs using the hashtags #WLsnow and #BackTheBrits

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