Finland’s Eero Ettala (shredding in the Big Air event above) held the high score from start to finish at the Winter X Games Snowboard Slopestyle Final, pocketing a shiny gold medal – his first at WXG.
Making the cut for finals at any Winter X Games event is no easy task, and Eero had held onto the last qualifying position in Friday’s Slopestyle Elimination. Apparently, he wasn’t too satisfied with that performance – he was the first to take to the course in Sunday’s final, and wasted no time setting the bar that no one else would be able to reach.
Eero was clean in the upper jib section, following with a jump line that included a backside double cork 1080, a double backside rodeo 900, and a switch double backflip. The 96.33 doled out by the judges stood strong for the remaining 23 runs, with Eero finishing a full seven points ahead of silver medalist Eric Willett.
"I didn't have any expectations,” Eero said after the comp, although he had planned to throw that run until he got it or blew up trying. “There are so many good people out here, and I don't think I'm one of those guys. So wow, I got lucky today. So happy."