Skiers, boarders look to earn their opportunity for X-Games |

Skiers, boarders look to earn their opportunity for X-Games

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunSkiers catch big air on the icy course at this year's Jabra X-Jam at Sugar Bowl Ski resort on Saturday.

The Jabra X-Jam, the final event to earn an invitation to the Winter X-Games, landed 11 Skier-X and Boarder-X competitors ” as well as four alternate snowboarders ” in the 11th annual extreme sports event to be held Jan. 25-28 at Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Free to the public and open to all competitors, the Jabra X-Jam took place at Sugar Bowl ski resort Friday through Sunday, where frigid temperatures made for icy and fast conditions on the custom-made course full of s-curves, table tops, banks, burms and whoops.

After qualifying on the opening day, skiers hit the course on Saturday ” snowboarders on Sunday ” to race in heats of six, with the top three from each advancing until a winner emerged.

The top four men skiers and the top three women skiers, as well as the top two men snowboarders and the top two women snowboarders, earned an invitation to compete in Winter X-Games 11, said Chris Schuster, president of Global Event Management, which put on the event. The third- and fourth-place men and women snowboarders are alternates, Schuster said.

* Indicates alternates

Skiercross Men:

1. Lloyd Tucker

2. Brian Bennett

3. David Lamb

4. Tahir Bisic

Skiercross Women:

1. Courtney Strait

2. Helena Prikrylova

3. Chantelle Heroux

Boardercross Men:

1. Cleve Johnson

2. Ralph Backstrom

3. Roger Carver *

4. Bobby Minghini *

Boardercross Women:

1. Dena Melinn-Walller

2. Kristen Harris

3. Lauren Johnson *

4. Lynn Ott *

For more information on the Jabra X-Jam visit, or call 583-4638.

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