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Basalt's Yater-Wallace takes gold at X Games

TIGNES, France - Torin Yater-Wallace of Basalt won the men's ski superpipe event at Friday night's X Games, using a strong final run to beat out David Wise for the top of the podium.

Yater-Wallace delivered smooth and progressive tricks, including a down-the-pipe double flatspin 900 as his final trick. Wise had the most technical run in the game, but couldn't nail it clean enough to overtake Yater-Wallace.

"My legs are shaking," Yater-Wallace said after finding out he won. "I knew I needed to clean up my run after my first two. It was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life watching David and Kevin [Rolland]. I'm so happy and I had so much fun."

Yater-Wallace's third and final run netted a winning score of 93.66. Wise, whose second run included a left and right double cork 1260, took the lead on that run with a score of 92.33 before Yater-Wallace edged him on his final run. Rolland finished with a 91.66.

Wise won the event in the 2012 Tignes Games, with Yader-Wallace finishing second.

"It's as always an honor to be up here," Wise said. "I would have loved to win and had a repeat, but I had some of the worst training of my life before the finals tonight. I decked twice, so I am sore and was glad to land my runs during finals tonight.

"The pipe had changed a bit and it worked to my disadvantage," Wise continued. "I wasn't able to ski to my absolute best. I am happy with my second-place finish."

Wise's final run netted a score of 85. Rolland's inability to land some key tricks proved costly and helped seal the win for Yater-Wallace.

"Watching from the bottom I was so nervous that Kevin was going to take it," Yater-Wallace said. "David and I are always neck and neck and we're having fun with it. I've been battling a cold and had an awesome, but busy winter, and this is a great way to wind things down. I had a great time tonight."


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