There is a new champion in Winter X Women's Slopestyle. The battle for the top spot came down to a two woman show between two-time Slope gold medalist Jenny Jones and newcomer Enni Rukajarvi. Jones threw a solid 540 to cab 5 to frontside 7 combo through the booter section of the course, all landed solidly, and Rukajarvi answered with a 360 to 540 to cab 7. The upstart from Finland was a bit more creative in the rail section, however, throwing a 180 off the top rail into a switch 180 bonk on the joystick, giving her the win.
"I'm so surprised," said Rukajarvi after the dust settled and Jones failed to land the 900 on her last run that would have pushed her back into the lead. "It was a little bit hard because everything on the course was close together, but I liked it. I'm happy. It's just amazing."
Veteran Jana Meyen-Weatherby looked as stylish as ever riding through the course, but she couldn't put a solid enough run together to break into the podium. The second kicker seemed to be giving a lot of the women trouble, and more than one lost the speed she needed to hit all of the kickers on the course.
Jamie Anderson, who is currently the TTR World Tour point leader and has won every slopestyle contest she's entered this season, including both Dew Tour stops and Burton Opens, fell on her 7 attempts and came in third.
"You definitely get bummed when you know you can do better and you don't, but I'm stoked for the girls who did do better," said Anderson, who has six Winter X slopestyle medals, including two golds. "I just want to go train more because I'm not good enough anymore. I've been having trouble with my 7s all year, and now that I have more time I'm going to get them dialed. I'm stoked on third, though. It was a good day.