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turnout at the X Games after rid­ing at ex­hi­bi­tion events in 2011 and 2012. Rid­ers raced head-to-head, six at a time. A tan­gle with two skiers in the semi fi­nal nearly ru­ined Murphy’s chances but he ral­lied to earn a fi­nals berth. US ath­lete Keith Gable won the gold and Cana­dian Alex Massie got the bronze.

Prior lands new trick and a bronze

Snow­boarder Christy Prior claimed New Zealand’s sec­ond X Games medal – a bronze in the women’s slopestyle. The rookie X Games com­peti­tor pulled out a back­side 720 trick in her fi­nal run to knock Canada’s Spencer O’Brien from third place. O’Brien had ear­lier landed the first 900 in X Games women’s snow­board slopestyle his­tory. Jamie An­der­son of the US won gold and Silje Noren­dal of Norway took the sil­ver. It was the first time Prior had at­tempted the 720 trick in com­pe­ti­tion. O’Brien crashed out of con­tention in her fi­nal run and was fourth.

Jossi Wells back on skis

Wanaka’s Jossi Wells is back on skis, after re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous neck in­jury sus­tained last Septem­ber. Wells and his brother By­ron both com­peted in the men’s freeski su­per­pipe elim­i­na­tion rounds at the X Games last week­end. By­ron was ninth, just miss­ing a fi­nals place. Jossi fin­ished 15th. Snow Sports NZ head coach Tom Will­mott said By­ron’s run was new and pro­gres­sive and needed mi­nor im­prove­ments. Jossi’s coach, Bruce Wells, said Jossi’s com­pe­ti­tion was all about strik­ing a bal­ance. Jossi has not skied much in the pipe since the Olympics, is also car­ry­ing a knee in­jury and has been train­ing and com­pet­ing care­fully.

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