Women of Winter X Games
The Women of Winter X
Every year, the women's field at Winter X Games seems to get more and more competitive, with new tricks, huge scores, and every woman pushing the limits of her sport. Here are 12 top female athletes in skiing and snowboarding.
Kelly Clark is on fire. As of this writing she has won 15 competitions straight, and until another woman lands a 1080 as stylishly as she does, that number is sure to keep rising. Clark holds nine WX Aspen medals -- more than any other woman.
Canadian slopestyle skier Kaya Turski has been unstoppable, earning a three-peat at Winter X Aspen and Winter X Games Tignes. "I definitely feel like the sport's on a fast track," Turski said. "I've never seen the level so high."
Not only was Jamie Anderson one of the only women to land her runs on the difficult WX Aspen 2012 slopestyle course, she did it with authority. Anderson is one of the most dominant forces in women's snowboarding.
Canadian Roz Groenewoud won Ski SuperPipe at WX Aspen this year, just a week after the death of her teammate Sarah Burke. She nabbed the gold at Winter X Tignes as well.
Four time Winter X gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler has been nipping at Kelly Clark's heels all season long. Clark's 1080 is hard to beat, but Bleiler's got some tricks up her sleeve.
Devin Logan is the only female skier who competes in both Slopestyle and SuperPipe at Winter X. Even more impressive, the 19-year-old from Vermont does well at both. Look for her on the podium in either discipline.
The newly-crowned World Snowboarding Champion of Slopestyle, Spencer O'Brien, has really hit her stride this year, proving that her dominant wins on the slope course are just beginning. She's always a serious contender for gold.
France's best shot at a medal in a women's ski contest lies with Anais Caraduex, who just missed the SuperPipe podium in Aspen with a fourth place and earned a bronze medal at Winter X Tignes in 2012.
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas is one of the most stylish riders in women's snowboarding. The Winter X Aspen podium has eluded her for years, for some reason, but this year she stepped up and nabbed bronze.
At just 18, Maddie Bowman is one of the youngest in the women's field. But the South Lake Tahoe native has proved she has what it takes to podium: She got third place in pipe at the final Dew Tour stop and a silver medal at Winter X Aspen this year.
This two-time Winter Olympic medalist (Gold '06, Silver '10) has six Winter X medals -- the most recent being the bronze she earned last month in Aspen. Amplitude and style: you can never count this woman out of any competition.
The lone Australian in the women's ski field, Anna Segal won Slopestyle bronze in Aspen and took second place at the final Dew Tour stop, where she landed a few new tricks.