Taylor Gold made the X Games Aspen podium for the first time, finishing the night with a bronze medal. (ESPN-Joshua Duplechian)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 26, 2017) – Emerging from one of the most competitive fields ever to compete in men’s halfpipe at X Games, Americans Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored podium finishes, earning silver and bronze respectively.
Ladley, who won X Games gold at Aspen in 2016, had a beautiful run that featured a huge backside 900 linked to a frontside 1260. The silver was his second medal in six X Games appearances. Ladley also won the Park City U.S. Grand Prix in 2016.
It was a triumphant return for 23-year-old Gold, who spent all of 2016 sidelined while recovering from a broken kneecap. He knew that he had the tricks going into the 2017 X Games, and the 2014 Olympian seemed to pick up right where he left off, landing a run that included a 22-foot chicken-wing McTwist. His sister, Arielle, will compete in women’s halfpipe at X Games on Saturday night.
Australian Scotty James won Thursday night’s competition with a run that featured huge amplitude and a backside 1260.
Matt Ladley rides to silver. (Getty Images-Daniel Petty)
Chase Josey (Hailey, ID) also had a fantastic showing at X Games, finishing just off the podium in fourth place. Josey's fourth-place finish in Aspen comes just five days after winning the LAAX Open World Cup event with a history-making run that featured five consecutive doubles.
Danny Davis (Highland, MI) finished fifth despite an injury to his right hand that made it difficult to grab; Louie Vito (Bellafontaine, OH) was sixth; Ben Ferguson (Bend, OR) was seventh; Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) was 11th.
Up next for the U.S. Snowboarding riders at X Games is men’s big air, where Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, MI) will face off against an international field.
U.S. Snowboarding pro halfpipe team member Matt Ladley earned silver. His second run scored 80.00: backside 900 mute, frontside 1260 tailgrab, fresh fish, frontside 1080 tailgrab, Cab double cork 1080 stalefish, frontside double cork 1080 indy.
U.S. Snowboarding pro halfpipe team member Taylor Gold earned bronze. His second run scored 79.00: chicken-wing McTwist, frontside 1260 tailgrab, double Michalchuk melon, air to fakie stalefish, Cab 1080 roast beef, frontside double cork 1080 indy, double Michalchuk.