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It’s not every day that you sign an elite-level athlete with Jamie Anderson’s pedigree. A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist and a U.S. Olympic-hopeful, Anderson joined Oakley’s women’s snowboard team just as she was about to embark on her mission to defend her Winter X Games 16 slopestyle gold medal. She succeeded, and now she’s on to her next goal for 2013: qualifying for the top spot on the Women’s U.S. Snowboard Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. When you’re the best in the business at what you do, you set your goals high – and you partner with companies that match those only-the-best standards.
The world’s largest gathering of action sports athletes didn’t disappoint. Once again, as has become tradition at Winter X Games, performance boundaries were broken and the tricktionary was expanded; records were set and new names burst onto the scene. Thick in the historic happenings and memorable moments were our Oakley winter athletes, leading the charge for where their respective sports will be going in the coming years. For the sixth consecutive year it was Shaun White who put the exclamation point on another phenomenal Winter X. A dominating performance in the Superpipe, highlighted by a record 24.1-foot air, resulted in his sixth consecutive Gold Medal in the event and his 23rd X Games medal overall.
“It was just f**king amazing to be a part of what just happened tonight,” said Torstein Horgmo, a gold X Games medal dangling from his neck, and still slightly winded after the 18-minute jam session Big Air final. Trailing Oakley teammates Stale Sandbech and defending gold medalist Mark McMorris throughout the final, Horgmo – who won the event in 2011 – had one last chance to land the move he believed would be the difference-maker: the switch backside triple cork 1440, a trick he landed for the first time a week before coming to Aspen and one that had never been landed in competition.