More sick shots from the Winter X-Games

Words Tristan, Photos Ed Blomfield

So, the dust has settled, the Americans have (mostly) gone, and Tignes is returning to some sort of semblance of reality after last week’s X-Games extravaganza. But while the games may be over, we at Whitelines still have some sick shots to share with you from the final day of action.

These were shot by Ed, standing on the very edge of the coping of the halfpipe for the men’s final – a place usually reserved exclusively for ESPN cameramen (don’t ask how he got there, it’s a long story involving a French-speaking friend, a snowmobile and the mother of all blags)! This close-up angle meant that he bagged shots the likes of which you won’t see anywhere else, like these of gold-medallist Iouri Podlatchikov’s run. Here are a few more of our favourites.

The halfpipe at dusk - check out those floodlights!
Louie 'Tiny dancer' Vito, the eventual bronze medallist, throws down
Local hero Matthieu Crepel goes inverted for his home crowd
The drop in. No pressure or anything...
The view down the pipe as the comp gets going
French Olympian Aluan Ricciardi goes big in front of his home crowd
An unknown rider makes the most of the perfectly-shaped transition
Christian Haller boosts a beast of a backside air out of the pipe
Markus Malin making his erm.. kiss mark with this steezy frontside tailbone
Aluan Ricciardi shows off the innate sense of style that French people supposedly have
Matthieu Crepel's sponsors will be stoked with this one - the Frenchman's board proclaims his love of pickles mid-way throw a trick
The IRA have branched out into filming these days apparently
I know we've had two shots of Aluan ricciardi already, but this tailbone's so sick we had to include it as well.
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