Halfpipe riding is always a spectacle to behold: 22 foot ice walls of death that require some of the most critical edge control to just air out of, let alone going upside down twice and living to tell the tale...
The Laax Open halfpipe final a week or so back was one of the most insane comps we've seen in recent memory and, while the runs at X Games were a little less clean than those stomped in that comp, the level of riding last night was still well within the upper echelons of the discipline.
Scroll on to watch the top 3 runs from X Games 2017 halfpipe finals:
3rd: Taylor Gold
After a string of injuries including a dislocated shoulder just a week prior at the Laax Open, American Taylor Gold put down a stormer of a second run, linking together a huge McTwist into a frontside 1260, double chuck, air to fakie, cab 1080 and frontside 1080 double cork. Crazy to think that a run like that was ultimately only enough for third place.
2ND: Matt Ladley
Defending X Games gold medallist Matt Ladley tried his hardest to take it two years in a row, but could only do enough for second place. That said, it was still a pretty damn solid run, consisting of a huge backside 9, frontside 1260, freshfish, frontside 1080, and back to back cab and frontside double corks.
1st: Scotty James
But it was Australian Scotty James, who, after putting down a massive first run, was able to fend off the competition for the rest of the contest. We think this was a well deserved victory for Scotty, after he was just pipped to the top spot by an insanely technical run from Chase Josey at the Laax Open last week. Scotty's X Games run consisted of a stratospheric backside air, frontside double cork 1080, cab double cork 1080, huge frontside 9 and backside double cork 1080.
Stay tuned for more coverage from X Games 2017