X Games Kelly Sildaru: Record-Setting Run

Published: January 31, 2016

X Games Kelly Sildaru: Record-Setting Run, The hype has been around for a while, and 13-year-old Kelly Sildaru lived up to it today, holding off a field of older competitors to claim the gold medal in her first-ever X Games slopestyle appearance while setting the record for the youngest-ever female X Games champion to boot.

Sildaru’s winning run consisted of an absolutely dialed K-fed on the top rail, a clean switch 270 on, pretzel 270 out, and a polished performance in the jumps: switch 900 mute, a beautiful right cork 720 reverse mute, and a left 900 tail to round things out.

Former champion Tiril Sj√•stad Christiansen didn’t let Kelly take the win easily, though. In her third and final run, the Norwegian competitor upped the ante on the rails with a front swap and a switch 2 on, 2 out, and cleaned up in the jumps as well, stomping a massive switch 1080 tail on the bottom jump. But it wasn’t quite enough to bump Sildaru from the top spot.

Sildaru wasn’t the only newcomer to make a splash on the slopestyle course today. Norwegian skier Johanne Killi also made the podium in her first X Games appearance, with a cork 900 trailing blunt on the final jump that could have been in a Tom Wallisch edit.


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