Kiwi snowboarder wins big at X-Games

By | February 28, 2016

Christy Prior, a New Zealand snowboarder, has recently won a silver medal in the Big Air at the X-Games in Oslo, Norway.

The 27-year-old kiwi athlete, who is from Kaukapakapa, is a slope-style specialist, and was aiming to land a front side rodeo 720 trick.

See a video here.

Held at in downtown Tøyen, the competitors had three attempts to get the the highest score. According to a report by The Herald, Prior landed frontside rodeo 720 to record 84.00 points.

“I’m really stoked to put it down in such a new environment – my first scaffolding jump with 20,000 people watching! It was an incredible experience!” Prior said.

The first placer is Cheryl Maas from the Netherlands with a score of 99.33, and Kjersti Oestgaard Buass of Norway came in third with 81.00.

Prior posted a photo of the “biggest scaffold system ever built” on her Facebook page, saying that ut was her first Big Air.

She was the first snowboarder to bring home a medal for New Zealand. This is her thirs X-games appearance–last year, she won a bronze medal in the event.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that Anna Smoothy, a skier from Wanaka, also won at teh Freeride World Qualifier Tour in Jasna, Slovakia.