Tess Ledeux, Jamie Anderson Make History at Winter X
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
A look at the female shredders who made history at the 2020 Winter X Games in Aspen.
The ladies of the X Games straight up sent it in Aspen!
France’s Tess Ledeux [left] became just the second woman ever to take two golds in Ski Big Air at X Games Aspen. This was Ledeux’s fifth X Games medal and second gold. Her tricks included a double cork 1260 and a switch left 1080.
Mathilde Gremaud [right], who is the only other woman with two golds in the discipline, took silver. Swiss skier Sarah Hoefflin finished third.
Teenage phenom Kelly Sildaru, 17, just missed the podium, but she’s already made history. At X Games Aspen 2019, Sildaru collected 3 medals in 26 hours in the SuperPipe (silver), Slopestyle (gold) and Big Air (bronze). She was just the second woman in history to earn 3 medals at a single X Games, and the first skier of either gender to do so. To give some perspective, the last woman to achieve the feat was snowboard icon Jennie Waara. When she clinched three medals at the 1997 X Games, Sildaru was still five years from being born.
Sildaru made her X Games appearance at just 13 years old. She won gold in slopestyle in the 2016 Winter X Games, beating Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen and becoming the youngest gold medalist to date at a Winter X Games event. She was also the first person to win a Winter X Games medal for Estonia.
Meanwhile, perennial favorite Jamie Anderson [above] returned to the top of the podium to take home her sixth Slopestyle gold medal for her 15th Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle competition. She is now the most decorated female athlete in X Games history.
She also holds the record for the most Slopestyle golds of any athlete, male or female. Her tricks last weekend included a backside rodeo 720 on from the sharkfin quarterpipe, a cab double underflip and switch tailslide 270 out.