Alex Ferreira competes at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on Feb. 9, 2019 in Park City, Utah.
The last big event of the last day of the 2020 Winter X Games couldn’t have been more stacked with talent.
The field for the men’s ski superpipe final included the last three winners, all of whom have quite an impressive resume outside of the annual action sports festival in Aspen, Colorado. There was Alex Ferreira, the defending champion and 2018 Olympic silver medalist, two-time defending Olympic gold medalist and 2018 X Games champion David Wise and two-time Olympian and 2017 champion Aaron Blunck.
None of them held back.
Ferreira moved to the top of the leaderboard quickly with some of the most technically difficult runs of the evening and would hold on until Blunck opened up a big bag of tricks in the final minutes and took over the gold medal position.
Ferreira had one last chance to answer and did so with a run that included a huge double cork 1440 into a switch double cork 1080 that bumped him back up to the top. He successfully defended the gold medal with Blunck grabbing the silver. Wise, who’s on the comeback trail after suffering a spiral fracture of his femur nine months ago, finished in seventh place.
The X Games switched up its format this year. Instead of scoring athletes on individual runs, they moved to a jam session style and judged skiers and snowboarders on their overall performance.
Earlier in the day, Olympian Maggie Voisin completed her comeback event following last spring’s knee surgery with a bronze medal in women’s slopestyle skiing. Voisin told the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association earlier in the week that she’d only been back on snow for about two months, but shaking off the rust didn’t appear to be a problem.
Voisin placed sixth in big air on Friday and followed that up with her third-place performance on Sunday, coming in behind winner Kelly Sildaru of Estonia and Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin in second. It was the exact same order of finish as last year’s women’s slopestyle skiing competition. It was Voisin’s third year in a row medaling in the X Games event and her fifth X Games medal overall.