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Segal wins inaugural women’s slopestyle skiing

ASPEN – Anna Segal led off the Women’s Slopestyle Skiing with a score of 85.00. Little did she know at the time, but that would be the best score of the day as she battled the course and the elements taking the gold in the inaugural event.

Heavy snow fell throughout the competition, limiting visibility that made skiing conditions more difficult than normal. But Segal’s run that included a Lincoln-loop-back-flip and a 540 was enough to give her the victory over Grete Eliassen’s score of 79.00.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduate Megan Olenick, who grew up in Carbondale, finished fifth with a top score of 61.33.

“My strategy was to pop as hard as I could and keep as much speed as possible,” an excited Segal said following the race. “This means everything to me. I am stoked that X Games included us as part of it.”

Kaya Turski, who finished round one on one ski, grabbed the bronze with a high score of 70.00.

“The weather was crazy,” Turski said. “I had to switch my whole line. Next year I am hoping for better than bronze.”

Winter X Games 13 marks the eighth year of skiing slopestyle, but 2009 is the first year the women have taken part. Using the same course as snowboarders, skiers showcased their freestyle skills on a variety of obstacles including rails, kickers, jumps and gaps.

1. Anna Segal / Melbourne, Australia / 85.00

2. Grete Eliassen / Salt Lake City, Utah / 79.00

3. Kaya Turski / Montreal, QB, Canada / 70.00

4. Keri Herman / Breckenridge, Colo. / 63.33

5. Megan Olenick / Aspen, Colo. / 61.33

6. Kristi Leskinen / Uniontown, Pa. / 50.00

7. Sarah Burke / Whistler, BC, Canada / 42.00

8. Kim Lamarre / Lac-Beauport, QB, Canada / 19.00

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