Mike Riddle, halfpipe skier, finishes 4th at X Games
American David Wise wins 3rd straight X Games gold
Canadian Mike Riddle narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in men’s halfpipe finals on Friday night in Aspen, Colo.
The 27-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., made his eighth career Winter X Games appearance.
Riddle put down three solid runs, keeping his second run score for the final.
“I did my run three times and landed it every time so it’s good for me,” said Riddle.
“I didn’t get it perfect any time so I know when I do everything great I’ll do better than fourth, but it’s a good step for me moving forward to the Olympics.”
“The level of skiing is through the roof right now. Everyone is skiing so well and in the finals today, everyone who was out there was competing with more than one double tonight. It was a pretty intense final and the level is definitely really, really high right now.”
American David Wise, 23, won his third straight X Games gold posting the two best scores of the night. Wise led the way with a score of 90.0 but topped his own score with a stellar run on his victory lap to end the contest with a 92.0.
“I just had a great night,” said Wise.
“The field was super strong and I can’t say enough good things about the skiing right now. This is amazing. It’s been a long road this year but lots of fun and I’m stoked to come out and put some solid runs down.”
Kevin Rolland of France won silver while 19-year-old Alex Ferreria of Aspen, Colo., won bronze.
Justin Dorey of Vernon, B.C., attempted one of his new tricks in all three runs and wasn’t able to pull it together. He finished the night in eighth.
With files from ESPN.