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As a sport decently new to the Olympics but a veteran of the X Games, Men & Women’s Ski Slopestyle will be one to watch at X Games Aspen 2017 for sure.
Big names in the sport such as Gus Kentworthy, Bobby Brown, Nick Geopper will all be competing in the men’s division, while for the women, reigning champion Kelly Sildaru and slopestyle legend Emma Dahlstrom will both be fighting for the gold this year.
Celeb Secrets is predicting the winners for both the men and women disciplines, which you can check out below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @CelebSecrets4U for live updates from X Games Aspen!
You can watch the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifier on Thursday, January 26th @ 2:30PM EST on ESPN3, the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final on Saturday, January 28th @ 1PM ET on ABC, and the Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final on Sunday, January 29th @ 12PM ET on ESPN.
1st Place: Gus Kenworthy
Olympic Silver Medalist, Gus Kenworthy is our pick to take the win for this year’s Ski Slope Style. Kenworthy, who publicly came out as the first gay action athlete, is a leader in his sport. He has come up short with a silver medal last year in both the Ski Slope Style and Ski SuperPipe. We believe that with Kenworthy’s track record he is here to claim his first gold medal in the X Games in 2017.
2nd Place: Nick Goepper
2015 X Games gold medal Ski Slope Style champion, Nick Goepper is our pick to take 2nd place at the 2017 Games. Geopper has won three gold medals in the sport and is considered to be one of the most dominant athletes in Ski Slope Style. A shoulder injury kept him out of last year’s games, but he is back and we expect him to be better then ever.
3rd Place: Jossi Wells
New Zealand native, Jossi Wells is our pick for 3rd place at the 2017 games. He is the reigning gold medalist from the 2016 Aspen X Games, and will be fighting hard to maintain his spot on the podium. Wells is a five time medalist at the Games, and is likely to add a 6th to his collection.
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For the Women, we see Kelly Sildaru back to maintain her title as the gold medal champion as well as X Games veteran, Emma Dahlstrom who will surely give the 14 year old a run for her medal.
1st Place: Kelly Sildaru
14 year old, Kelly Sildaru is our pick to take the gold once again at the winter X Games. Sildaru is the second youngest gold medalist in the history of the X Games, and at just 13 she broke the high scoring record that had been previously held for 15 years. We feel that if Sildaru can win at 13 years old she only has more to bring at 14, which makes her our top pick for the Women’s Ski Slope Style event.
2nd Place: Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen
3x medalist in this event, Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen is our pick to place second on the podium for the 2017 X Games. She had to miss the 2014 and 2015 games due to a torn ACL, but now that she is back we expect to see big things from the 21 year old. After recovering from the injury Christiansen placed on the podium in 9 our of 10 competitions, so that is where we believe to see her in Aspen.
3rd Place: Johanne Killi
With this being only Johanne Killi’s second X Games it may seem a bit steep to place her on the podium, however she took the bronze at the 2016 Games and we believe that she can hold her title at this year’s games as well. Killi is famous for her rail spins and there is no doubt she will be pulling out that style again. Because of this Killi is our pick to stand on the podium once more.
Photos: Cameron Spencer, Tom Pennington, Hannah Johnston, Richard Bord, Doug Pensinger via Getty Images
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