Without precedent for their 20-year history, the X Games are coming to Norway, and we’re anticipating some crazy activity in Oslo in the following days. Another first: Oslo will be the first run through both summer and winter sports happen at the same occasion, so other than the Snowboard and Ski Big Air and Superpipe challenges, you’ll likewise have the capacity to watch any semblance of Ryan Sheckler toss down in the skateboard road challenge – not all that terrible for February in Oslo!
Anyway, right away, these are the riders we think you ought to watch out for:
A year ago, Yuki Kadono broke the web when he unleashed consecutive Triple Cork 1620s in his Slopestyle keep running at the Burton US Open. The youthful Japanese rider burst onto the scene in 2012, where at the ready seniority of 16 he won the Beijing Air + Style with an immaculate Triple Cork 1440. From that point forward he’s stowed two or three X Games bronze decorations, however with all that ability and moderately couple of huge wins to appear for it, it’s unmistakable that he’s the sort of rider who should be feeling it on the day.
Sweden has created a couple A-rundown riders throughout the years – Ingemar Backman, Johan Olofsson and Hampus Mosesson ring a bell – however has been sitting in Norway’s shadow for a really long time. Along these lines, it’s extraordinary to see Sven Thorgren venturing up from the place where there is Abba and Ikea – he’s having one serious winter. No enormous wins yet, however back in January Sven demonstrated his potential at the Laax Open by qualifying first in Slopestyle against the best on the planet (then absolutely blowing it in the last), and a weekend ago, on account of double third place completes at the Beijing and LA Air and Style, Sven was delegated the 2016 Air and Style Tour champion. Things being what they are, what makes Sven emerge? All things considered, in a control progressively ruled by the tedium of Mute get triple plugs, Thorgren’s super-changed level twists and flighty gets are a much needed refresher.
This 21-year-old Quebecois Canadian is seemingly the most specialized rider on the planet today, with an unbelievably profound best stuff. These incorporate the main ever clean-stepped Quad (2015) and a couple X Games NBDs – first Slopestyle Triple Cork (2013), back to back Slopestyle Triples (2014) and, most as of late, the primary Big Air 1800 at X Games Aspen 2016, which earned him his third X Games Gold.
Billy is unquestionably a long shot: he’s yet to win, or even platform in a noteworthy snowboarding challenge. Be that as it may, while Billy doesn’t yet have the profound secret stash and all-round park aptitudes expected to challenge the big cheeses in Slopestyle, he has some huge traps on lock – including a totally gigantic Triple Backside Rodeo – so he’s more than fit for bringing on a surprise in Oslo. It wouldn’t be the first run through, either – only a couple of weeks back Billy thumped out Max Parrot amid the no holds barred warms to fit the bill for the eight-man last at the Innsbruck Air + Style. Also, bear in mind, Billy was the main rider ever to arrive a Quad Cork – would he be able to step one when it numbers?
Here are three great reasons why Norway is facilitating a X Games – homegrown ability. Norway right now has the most profound ability pool in European snowboarding, and with riders such as Marcus, Ståle and Torgeir flying the banner, national trusts will be running high one week from now. Marcus Kleveland and Torgeir Bergrem put second and third at the Innsbruck Air + Style two weeks prior, while Ståle Sandbech won the 2015 version, so each of the three have an incredible possibility of scoring a platform in Oslo.
Also, it doesn’t stop there…
So that is who we like for the men’s Big Air Snowboard, yet they are only the tip of the X icy mass: we’ll likewise be keeping eyes completely open for David Habluetzel in the men’s Superpipe. The Men’s Ski Big Air is likewise looking gigantic, with freeski legend Bobby Brown doing combating it out against abilities Elias Ambühl, Oystein Bråten, Kai Mahler and Jesper Tjäder– don’t miss it!
X Games Oslo Norway 2016 Live
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