Porteous ends the wonderful weekend of Wanaka

Nico Porteous capped off an amazing weekend for ‘Team Wanaka’ when he won gold in the men’s superpipe at the invitation-only X Games in Aspen yesterday.A day after Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won the second of her two gold medals at the glamorous event, Porteous delivered one of the brightest performances of her career.

The 20-year-old freeskier defended his superpipe total with the final run of the entire event.

“I can’t believe it,” Porteous said after sealing the win.

” Another ? Like what ? I am truly speechless. »

Porteous was third going into his fourth and final run and delivered what commentators described as the most technical halfpipe run ever in competition.

He fell switch starting with a switch right 900, into a newly learned switch left double 1440, then into his consecutive double 1620 before ending with a massive double oop 900 left alley.

“It still hasn’t sunk,” Porteous said.

“I was the last to fall, so it happened so fast.

“To put it all together in arguably the most pressured moment of my skiing career, I can’t believe it.”

His brother, Miguel Porteous (22), finished seventh in his fourth appearance at the X Games.

Another Wanaka freeskier, Ben Harrington (20), made his X Games debut and finished in a creditable eighth place.

It was the Porteous Brothers’ first time competing at the X Games.

American Aaron Blunck won silver in his 12th appearance at the X Games and fellow American David Wise, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won bronze.

There was one final honor for Sadowski-Synnott.

After the superpipe, X Games organizers announced she was awarded the Golden Grill ‘Best in snow’ award for winning two gold medals and becoming the first woman to land back-to-back double corks in a slopestyle race. .

“Honestly, words can’t describe it – I’m so happy,” Sadowski-Synott said.

“Seeing Nico pull off the best run of his life tonight tops it all off.”

The two Wanaka stars will now travel to Beijing with the New Zealand team for the Winter Olympics.

They each clinched bronze in Pyeongchang four years ago and are a real shot at winning New Zealand’s first gold medal in Games history.



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