When the dust settled, Monster Energy’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wowed the judges with her mastery of switch tricks and new-school style. The 19-year-old from Wanaka, New Zealand, worked the rail section with backside bluntslide to back 180 Same Way out, switch boardslide to gap, and frontside boardslide down the big rail. In the jump section, she sent a big backside 720, switch backside 540, frontside 720, switch backside double cork 900 stalefish, and a double backflip over the Money Booter that sealed the win.
“It’s pretty tricky right now because it’s raining, which has been a change from all the other days we’ve been riding. I came in today knowing it’s about who rides the best under these conditions. So that’s what I was trying to do,” said Zoi Sadowski-Synnott upon claiming gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at X Games Norway today.
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott now owns three X Games medals (2 gold, 1 silver) and made her international breakthrough at X Games Aspen 2019 by claiming Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver. She made history as the first athlete from New Zealand in 26 years to win a Winter Olympics medal when she earned Slopestyle bronze at PyeongChang 2018 and was recognized as Rookie of the Year in the inaugural Snowboarder Magazine Awards in 2020.
Sadowski-Synnott was joined on the Slopestyle podium by Japanese snowboard phenom Kokomo Murase. At age 15, she came into X Games Norway 2020 not only as the youngest competitor, but also the lightest at a mere 105 pounds. But she still threw down some of the weekend’s heaviest tricks.
Working the course with speed and difficult aerial moves, Murase sent a backside 360 over the rail and hit the rail section with frontside nosebluntslide, pole jam Indy grab, and frontside lipslide 270 out the big rail. In the jump section, the 15-year-old from Gifu, Japan, stoked the crowd with backside 720 mute, frontside double cork 900, frontside 720 stalefish, and a backside 1260 with a slightly imperfect landing for a strong silver-medal finish.
Kokomo Murase now owns five X Games medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) across Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. She made history at X Games Norway 2018 as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork in a competition and became the youngest competitor ever to earn a medal at Winter X Games at age 13. Definitely keep an eye on this one!
Moving into the Women’s Ski Slopestyle final, the dreary weather continued, but so did the Monster Energy team’s gold medal run. Monster Energy’s Maggie Voisin had already won Slopestyle in 2018 as the first American rider in X Games history. And on the heels of Saturday’s Big Air silver medal, the 21-year-old from White Fish, Montana, stepped to the obstacle course with confidence (and a big bag of tricks).
In the rail section, Voisin posted a gap to disaster, switch left 270 on 270 out, backside 270 left disaster on the down-flat-down and left 270 on 270 off. Constantly increasing her trick difficulty from run to run, she hit the jumps with rightside 720 tailgrab, letfside Rodeo 900, switch leftside 900 safety grab, and almost landed a leftside double cork 1260 for the win.
“Today the weather was really tough and you just kind of had to roll with it. I just tried to stay consistent. Getting a podium yesterday and the win today, I’m just so grateful,” said Maggie Voisin upon claiming Women’s Ski Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today, adding: “Today is also International Women’s Day, so a big shout out to all the women snowboarders before us. I’m just so stoked to be a female athlete in action sports.”
Maggie Voisin now owns seven X Games medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze), with both gold medals earned in Slopestyle. After undergoing knee surgery in April 2019, the U.S. freeski prodigy returned to competition in full strength by claiming Slopestyle bronze at XG Aspen 2020 in January.
Also claiming a podium spot, Monster Energy’s Giulia Tanno earned a strong bronze-medal finish in the Slopestyle final after closely missing the podium in Saturday’s Big Air competition. The 21-year-old from Lenzerheide, Switzerland, worked the rail section with gap to disaster on the double kink, frontside 450 out, and switch-up 270 on the down rail. And in the jump section, she sent a switch leftside 900 tailgrab, and rightside 900, switch rightside 540, as well as a leftside double cork 1080 for third place.
Giulia Tanno’s is on a roll right now: Her X Games track record now boasts four medals (2 silver, 2 bronze) and she just finished her best FIS World Cup season to date with a milestone: At the recent FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup in Destne, Czech Republic, Tanno took home the 2019/20 Big Air crystal globe trophy as the top rider of the season.
Next up, Monster Energy’s Max Parrot did not want to leave Norway without an X Games gold medal. After having to settle for silver in Saturday’s Snowboard Big Air event, the 25-year-old from Bromont, Canada, brought his A-game to the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle final. And he was not going to be stopped by rain, an elite field of riders, or the fact that his last Slopestyle victory happened back in 2014.
Hitting the rail section with difficult tech tricks, Parrot posted a frontside bluntslide 450 off, gap backside 360 to 50-50 the kink rail, and a pole jam Wildcat backflip. Flexing his aerial skills in the jump section, Parrot sent a backside 1260, backside triple cork 1440 melon, Cab double cork 1260, Cab triple 1620 Indy grab, and a perfect frontside triple cork 1440 mute to clinch the win.
“I was definitely focused on a good result today. And I’m actually happy since the last time I won gold in Slopestyle was in 2014, so it’s been a while. It feels good to taste gold again in Slopestyle at X Games!” said Max Parrot upon earning Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today.
This weekend’s Big Air silver and Slopestyle gold bring Max Parrot’s X Games medal count to 13 medals (8 gold, 5 silver). The eight-time X Games champion currently holds the record for the most medals in the history of X Games Snowboard Big Air (6 gold, 4 silver) and has just proven that he has the willpower to claim the win by any means – even on a rained-out Slopestyle course.
Putting on an amazing rail and air show for the hometown crowd, Norwegian local Ståle Sandbech found his way to the podium on the strength of diverse tricks and creative lines in the final. The 26-year-old from Rykkinn, Norway, peppered his runs with rail tricks like frontside lipslide over the hip, backside 180 to 50-50, Half Cab 50-50 the kink rail, and boardslide up and down the Spider Rail, and front board 270 the big rail.
Sandbech also posted backside 1260 mute grab, backside double cork 720, backside Cab 1260 stalefish, frontside 1440 tailgrab, and backside 1440 mute for a strong bronze-medal finish, his first X Games medal since XG Norway 2017. Ståle Sandbech now holds six X Games medals (2 silver, 4 bronze) and is also a bona-fide Olympic medalist, having earned Slopestyle silver at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Speaking of medals, congrats to Monster Energy athletes on a solid performance and taking home nine medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze) at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend. Also thanks to the crew at ESPN and Hafjell Alpinsenter for putting on a spectacular show followed by fans across the globe.
Didn’t catch today’s live stream? X Games fans who missed the action at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend can re-watch all live broadcasts on the official X Games YouTube channel.
X Games fans in the United States who missed the action at X Games Norway 2020 can also watch all the highlights on ABC in a two-piece anthology: Part 1 of ‘Best of X Games Norway 2020’ will air on March 14, 1:00 p.m. ET and Part 2 on March 21, 1:00 p.m. ET as part of World of X Games on ABC Television.
Make sure to follow Monster Energy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks in Norway and watch the hashtag #UnleashedAtX for updates.