Bleiler Claims Fourth X Games Women’s Superpipe Gold

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Gretchen Bleiler, the hometown Aspen hero, won the women’s superpipe final by 0.66, edging Clark on Saturday night at Buttermilk Mountain. Their U.S. Olympic teammate Hannah Teter was third.

“These girls are all riding insane tonight,” Bleiler said. " . . . It [the second run] felt right. I finally went with the gravity of the halfpipe instead of fighting against it."

Said Clark, who fell on her second run: “That was one of the best women’s finals I’ve seen.”

Not only did this extend Bleiler’s X Games success — she has won the superpipe a record four times — but it helped rid her of the specter of last year here when she fell on the first frontside 900, which she said “haunted” her for the rest of the season.

The most immediate byproduct of the win is the psychological benefit, going into the Olympics.

“This is great momentum for me,” Bleiler said. “Just knowing I’m capable of this is great confidence. Going to Vancouver with these girls, we’re gonna try to sweep that podium!”