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Youth Olympian Ben Ferguson Wins X Games Superpipe Silver

By Darci Miller | Jan. 30, 2016, 10:25 p.m. (ET)

Ben Ferguson competes in men's halfpipe snowboarding at the USSA Grand Prix on Dec. 4, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colo.

Four years after taking home two medals from the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games, Ben Ferguson has earned himself some more illustrious hardware. In a weather-shortened Winter X Games men’s superpipe snowboarding final, Ferguson was able to capitalize on the conditions to grab the silver medal.

Fellow American Matt Ladley put down a solid first run to earn a score of 82.33, with Ferguson not far behind with a 79.00. At the start of the second run, two riders tried and failed to drop into the pipe due to snowy conditions. The event was then cancelled and, with athletes’ scores from the first run deciding the podium, Ladley and Ferguson each walked away with their first X Games medal. Australia’s Scotty James took bronze with a score of 76.00.

Ferguson is a promising young star in the snowboarding community. At the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, he won halfpipe gold and slopestyle silver. He really began making his mark during the 2013-14 season, earning a third-place finish at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and fifth place at his first X Games, narrowly missing the Olympic team. In 2015, Ferguson finished 12th at X Games and, along with his younger brother Gabe, also a snowboarder, won the Red Bull Double Pipe doubles event. Gabe was an alternate for the 2016 X Games superpipe event, earning a spot in the competition when another athlete withdrew, and finishing fifth.

This was Ladley’s fourth X Games appearance (2011, 2012 and 2013) and he made the final at each of them, though a crash in practice in 2013 forced him to withdraw for a ninth-place finish. He placed fifth in 2012 and eighth in 2011.