News: Sammy Carlson Wins Winter X Games Slopestyle Gold

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From ESPN Freeski:

Sammy Carlson won the men's ski Slopestyle finals at Winter X 15 Saturday in Aspen, Colo. Australian Russ Henshaw, who qualified first for Slopestyle finals, earned second place. And Norway's Andreas Håtveit got the bronze.

"It's been so long," Carlson said. "I've wanted this since I was a little kid. I've got my whole family here with me. Nothing feels better than this."

This is Carlson's sixth appearance at Winter X Games, but his first gold medal. He's been on the podium three times before -- silver in 2007, 2009 and bronze in 2010. In a pre-Winter X interview, Carlson told ESPN that a Winter X gold was at the top of his list of unfulfilled goals.

It was Carlson's first run that earned him the day's highest score, a 93.33. Carlson's jumps -- a double rodeo 9, a switch double rodeo 9, and a double cork 10 -- were comparable to those of the other competitors in the top five. But it was Carlson's technical rail tricks, highlighted by a 450 on to a 630 off the rainbow rail, that differentiated him from the field.

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