Torin Yater-Wallace claims gold with teammate David Wise in third. (Justine Spence)
TIGNES, France (Mar. 16) – It was a storybook gold medal run for 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) who threw down his typical smooth landings and big amplitude. His winning run featured two technical double tricks. Teammate David Wise (Reno, NV) finished third with three cork tricks in his run. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) followed in neighbor Kelly Clark’s (West Dover, VT) reign at the European X Games taking the 13th medal for the USA.
Torin Yater-Wallace’s (Basalt, CO) run, scored a 95.00: right side double cork 1260 guitar grab, right rodeo 900 Japan grab, right cork 900 tail grab, left 1080 cork tail grab, switch right 900 mute. It was a huge, high risk run because of two double tricks.
David Wise (Reno, NV) run landed him a 90.33 and incorporated a switch let rodeo 1080 jap, right side cork 900 tail grab, left side cork 900 nose grab, ally oop rodeo 540 tail grab, left dub cork 1260 mute.
Devin Logan’s (West Dover, VT) run scored an 87.66 and it went down like this: big Japan grab, left 540 tail grab, flair tail grab, mute grab to ally oop mute grab, left 720 mute to switch ally oop 540. She was short of first place by two points.
Double threat Logan, who scored her fourth second place, has had nine podium spots this season.
Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) had three great runs, but could not stick his landings and ended up seventh
Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) threw a solid left 900 to left 540 to put her in sixth.
Freeskiers end their season at the World Ski Invitational/AFP World Championships in Whistler, BC April 19 – 22.
U.S. Freeskiing athletes took home five of 12 medals at European X Games.
QUOTES Torin Yater-Wallace, European X Games Gold Medalist Tonight was the biggest success of my career so far, I can’t believe it happened! It was my goal and it came true. I am looking forward to heading home and looking forward to learning more tricks and then heading to the World Ski Invitational/AFP World Championship.
I was confused on what tricks to do and I did straight airs in training. A few weeks ago I had switched my run up and it didn’t end up working out for me so I was just trying out some things. I was frustrated and needed to have some fun- do some straights airs and I was just laughing and having a great time. I realized I was taking things really seriously and needed to take a break and do my thing.
Devin Logan, European X Games Silver Medalist Going into my third run I knew I still had to bump up my score a bit more and get more amplitude and get better flow with grabs. I realize that I am consistent going between slopestyle and halfpipe at the Mammoth Grand Prix.
Looking forward to Sochi I am going to try to do the best that I can and not hold anything back. I really want to do both and that’s where I am pushing it. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that I can do it.
David Wise, European X Games Bronze Medalist Our sport is fun because it goes back and forth a lot there are a lot of people who can win. Next year is going to be exciting when we gear up for the Olympics. We are off to the next contest and Torin and I have almost the same exact results. The AFP Championship is coming up and it’s going to be a bit of a battle. I’m looking forward to it.