Truckee climber, boarders come away with medals at X Games
Packed with action from snowboarders, snow mountain bike racers and high-soaring snowmobilers, the 1998 Winter X Games wrapped up over the weekend in Crested Butte, Colo., and more than one Truckee resident walked away with medals.
During the slopestyle competition, Truckee’s Kevin Jones proved that he is more than just a big air competitor.
Jones, whose best finishes have come in big air contests (’97 Summer X Games), battled a long slopestyle course, swirling snow and a strong field to earn a second-place finish.
After the final, Jones was tied with Rob Kingwell of Jackson, Wyo., but took the silver on a tie-breaker.
Women’s ice climbing
In the first day of competition, Bird Lew, a 37-year-old acupuncturist from Truckee, climbed to a second place finish in the women’s ice climbing difficulty event.
Lew, who placed first at the 1997 Winter X Games in the same event, hoped to repeat her success this year.
She progressed smoothly up to a four-foot-wide roof, where she took a fall after spending several minutes working on the problem.
She was caught by her rope, but the fall officially ended her attempt.
Big air competitions
After finishing second at the 1997 Winter X Games, Truckee’s Tara Zwink returned to form for this year’s games.
Zwink managed to out-perform Salt Lake City’s Katrina Warnick to take the bronze behind strong performances from gold medalist Tina Basich and Vail, Colo.’s Barrett Christy, who captured the silver.
In the men’s big air, Kevin Jones scored another before it was all over.
With the sun setting on the last event of the games, Jones grabbed the bronze in the big air competition.
“It went pretty good,” Jones said. “It was a rockin’ competition.”
Jones came in behind Jason Borgstede and Ryan Williams, who took gold and silver, respectively.
Contributions to this story were made by Chris Stiepock of the Winter X Games.
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