The World of X Games is bringing the mountains to the city of Los Angeles in the third and final stop of Air + Style.
Air + Style: Los Angeles will bring the iconic snowboard event to the United States for the first time ever. Snowboard athletes, including X Games Aspen 2015 double gold medalist Mark McMorris, two-time X Games medalist Sage Kotsenburg, three-time X Games medalist and Air + Style Innsbruck winner Ståle Sandbech.
With only 3 days left until the athletes hit the slopes, CelebSecrets4U is giving you the breakdown on what you can expect from the world’s best as they compete on a 16 story big air jump at the Rose Bowl.
Today, we are sharing our thoughts on who will be the top 3 winners for snowboard discipline.
1st Place- Ståle Sandbech– Ståle Sanbech has his name written all over this first place position. The 21-year-old Norwegian came out strong at Air + Style Innsbruck, taking home that coveted first place title. In our opinion, Stäle is still in the zone from Air + Style Innsbruck and X Games Aspen, so there’s really no stopping him here in Los Angeles this weekend. If Stale wins Los Angeles, Air + Style should be renamed to Air + Stäle. Just sayin’.
2nd place- Mark McMorris– Mark McMorris doing incredibly well this year. The 21-year-old won gold in both Big Air and Slopestyle at X Games Aspen last month and silver at the Burton European Open just two weeks ago, so there’s no doubt he will make it into the final rounds at Air + Style this year. However, Mark is an invited athlete to Los Angeles, so he may not be as familiar as Stale is with this Big Air course, so we think Mark will be taking second in the big competition this weekend.
3rd place- Sage Kotsenburg – Always the snowboarder having the most fun on the mountain, Kotsenburg had a breakout contest season in 2014 with a Cinderella-style rise to the first Olympic gold of the Sochi Games. Kotsenburg capped off 2014 with an ESPY award win for Best Male Olympian. Although the 21-year-old came home empty-handed in Aspen a few weeks ago at the X Games, he did do well in Air + Style Beijing and Air + Style Innsbruck this season, which resulted in a spot to compete in Air + Style Los Angeles. We believe Sage has what it takes to prove himself worthy for a spot on the Air + Style podium. That spot, in our opinion, is third place.
What are your thoughts on our predictions for Snowboard discipline? Make sure you tune in to watch Air + Style from February 21-22 only on ESPN3.