Last night was the first night of the Winter X Games competitions in Aspen, Colorado. The mens ski slopestyle was an event not to be missed. All the big names were out and some new guys too. in the end it came down to the battle between the young rookie, Nick Goepper, and the experienced X Games competitor Tom Wallisch.
Wallisch stomped his final slope run. ‘Nuff Said.
Wallisch took the lead early on in the final with a score of 93.66, which consisted of 3 runs per skier with the top run taking the cake, but was later one upped by 17 year old Goepper who put down the run of his life scoring 94.66. Wallisch’s final run not only put him back into the lead, but through stomping most likely the best run Ski Slopestyle at Winter X has ever seen, Wallisch put up a score of 96.00, the highest score ever in this event. Goepper’s final run couldn’t compete with the perfect flow and “going big” factor that Wallisch put down in the top rail section and Goepper had to settle for second.
This isn’t the first win for Wallisch this season, infact, had he lost, it would have been the first event he didn’t place first in this year. He has taken every event he has entered this year, and if you take a look at his winning run from Winter X you’ll understand why.
That being said, 17 year old Goepper is not far behind Wallisch and you can expect only progression from him in the next few years.
Here’s a video of Nick Goepper’s qualifying run which put him in first at qualifies.