Elena Hight of South Lake Tahoe, California, went where no man or woman had gone before, pulling off a backside double alley-oop rodeo on the last hit of her first run in the women’s superpipe at X Games Aspen on Saturday night. But it wasn’t quite enough to dethrone Kelly Clark.
On the last run of the night, Clark of Mammoth Lakes, California, scored a 90.33 to win her third consecutive Winter X superpipe gold medal and become the first to three-peat in the discipline. Her final run was said to be more technically difficult, the reason it barely eked ahead of Hight’s 90 points.
It was Hight’s second straight silver in superpipe at Winter X. Arielle Gold, a 16-year-old from Breckenridge, Colorado, took bronze.
Clark told ESPN that it “was the most technical run I’ve ever put together.”
Here’s her gold-medal winning run, followed by Hight’s incredible feat that nobody else, not even Shaun White, has pulled off in competition:
Here is Hight’s silver-medal run with her trick at the end:
Photo courtesy of ESPN Winter X Games.