As X-Games Start in Aspen Tahoe's Hight has unique move ready
There’s a snowboarder working on a trick so difficult that if the feat is pulled off in a competition, it just may be game over for everyone else.
Heard this one before?
Only, this time it’s not Shaun White honing the mechanics of an intricate maneuver in a hush-hush location as he did before capturing gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
No, this is Elena Hight, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian from South Lake Tahoe who doesn’t have White’s name recognition — who does, really? — but she can alter an event just like him, especially once she dials in her game-changing trick that’s essentially two backflips with a 180-degree rotation.
She plans to debut it this weekend at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
That is, if she can work up the nerve. Because, really, it’s still a work in progress.
“There’s a lot that can go wrong,” said Hight, who’s chasing after an elusive Winter X gold after taking second in Aspen and again in Tignes, France, last season. “More than anything, it’s getting past that fear.”
Hight has landed the trick — the one snowboarders refer to as a “double alley-oop backside rodeo” — on a trampoline, into a foam pit and then onto an air bag set up at the end of the halfpipe. Her breakthrough moment came last May at U.S. team camp, when she successfully performed the feat on the course to become — as the snowboard community believes — the first female to do so.
Now comes the tricky part: Taking it from practice and attempting the endeavor in a competition, under the bright lights and in front of a big audience.
Pull this off, though, and Hight, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., instantly leaps into the role of favorite heading into the 2014 Sochi Games. As it stands, she’s someone that everyone is carefully watching.
“I was there that day when she landed it and what she did was just amazing,” said Gretchen Bleiler, an Olympic silver medalist at the 2006 Turin Games. “By doing that, she’s already progressed women’s snowboarding. It’s already on everyone’s mind. It’s like, ‘OK, maybe this is something I need to start doing?’” ...
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