Torstein Goes Biggest

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Oakley’s 20-year-old Torstein Horgmo made his first Winter X Games appearance this year, and he’s already clinched gold. He wowed a capacity crowd at the Big Air competition at Aspen mountain Friday night, besting a field of three other top riders to win the inaugural Snowboard Big Air Final.

A switch backside rodeo 900 with a shoulder dip was his winning trick. Voting was split halfway between fan vote and the sport analyst vote. Text-happy X Games fans voted 68% for Horgmo’s last jump, and pro snowboarder Todd Richards gave his blessing as well – no huge surprise, given that co-finalist and Oakley teammate Kevin Pearce missed his frontside 1260 attempt.

There are no other medals besides gold for Big Air; Horgmo finished first, followed by Pearce, and shredders Travis Rice and Andreas Wiig tied for third place.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re going up against in this contest,” Horgmo said afterwards. “Everybody here has the stuff… but I couldn’t be happier with where I am right now. Feels like gold”

Photos: Matthew Murray
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