The countdown to the X Games Aspen 2015 has officially begun!
With only a few hours 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 battle it out for a spot on the podium in select Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile disciplines.
Today, we are sharing our thoughts on who will snag the medals for both Men and Women’s Ski SuperPipe Finals.
The Ski SuperPipe event at X Games Aspen represents the progression of the sport and showcases the best pipe riders in the world. The SuperPipe course consists of a large halfpipe structure with vertical walls. The course is approximately 567 feet long and 66 feet wide, with 22-foot walls.
Men’s Ski SuperPipe is divided into two rounds. In the Elimination round, each skier will take two runs and will be ranked based on their best score. The top 8 athletes advance to the Final. In the Final, each skier takes three runs and their best score counts towards final ranking.
Women’s Ski SuperPipe is a Final-only competition, featuring eight skiers taking three runs, and it follows the same format as the Men’s Final.
Check out our predictions for Men & Women’s Ski SuperPipe below…
Men’s Ski SuperPipe – Final:
1st Place- David Wise – When you think of Men’s Ski SuperPipe, you think of David Wise. The 24-year-old is a three-time defending gold medalist at X Games Aspen, and proved to the world he’s the best when he took home the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 2014-2015 has already been a good year for Wise, too. He took home first place at the Cooper Grand Prix and second place at the Dew Tour, so we think that he will keep up the momentum and take home gold for the fourth time at X Games Aspen.
2nd Place-Kevin Rolland– Kevin Rolland is no stranger when it comes to SuperPipe. The 25-year-old won silver at X Games Aspen 2014 and bronze at the Sochi Olympics, so the odds for him to defend his second place position are in his favor.
3rd place- Gus Kenworthy – Gus Kenworthy is a triple threat here at X Games Aspen this year. The 23-year-old is competing in SuperPipe, Slopestyle and Big Air, and we believe he will land a podium spot for all three. Gus is most known for his Olympic silver medal in Slopestyle, but we feel he pulls better tricks in the SuperPipe, which could land him in the third place spot.
Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final:
1st Place- Maddie Bowman – Maddie Bowman is unstoppable in the SuperPipe discipline. Maddie made her X Games podium debut in 2012 with silver, but really came out of her shell in 2013, where she won gold. Since then, the 21-year-old has won gold at X Games Aspen, the Dew Tour, Grand Prix and Sochi Olympics in the 2013-2014 season, and first at the Dew Tour this past December in Breckenridge, CO. It’s no secret that Maddie’s the favorite for X Games Aspen 2015 — we believe she will defend her title this Wednesday.
2nd Place- Roz Groenewoud – Roz has two gold, three silver, and three bronze medals combined from X Games Aspen and X Games Tignes. She has been on the SuperPipe podium since 2010 at X Games, so if she sticks to the strategies she’s been putting out since 2010, we are 100% positive the 25-year-old will be on the podium for the sixth year in a row and defend that second place title.
3rd Place- Brita Sigourney – Brita is our wild card choice for third place at X Games Aspen 2015. The 25-year-old has a silver medal from X Games Aspen 2011 and a bronze medal from X Games Aspen 2012. We know Brita has been working really hard on her tricks, so maybe it will show in this year’s competition.
What are your thoughts on our predictions for Ski SuperPipe? Make sure to see who claims the titles on Wednesday, January 21st @ 9pm ET on ESPN3 (Women’s) and Sunday, January 25 @ 4:45PM ET (Men’s) on ESPN.