Published: 16:02, January 30, 2021 | Updated: 03:01, June 5, 2023
Gu Ailing claims China's first gold at X Games
By Xinhua

Chinese skier Gu Ailing competes in the women's superpipe final at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, Jan 29, 2021. (KELSEY BRUNNER / THE ASPEN TIMES VIA AP)

WASHINGTON - Chinese skiing talent Gu Ailing made history on Friday by winning the women's ski superpipe gold medal at X Games Aspen 2021, the country's first-ever gold at the annual extreme sports event.

In her debut at the competition, 17-year-old Gu took away the superpipe gold with her excellent execution and height throughout the match.

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Canada's Cassie Sharpe, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games halfpipe champion, ranked second. Her compatriot Rachael Karker placed third.

Chinese skier Gu Ailing celebrates after her last run in the women's superpipe event at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, Jan 29, 2021. Gu won the event. (KELSEY BRUNNER / THE ASPEN TIMES VIA AP)

Earlier in the day, Gu pocketed a bronze medal in the Big Air event with an aggregate of 73.00 points from the two best jumps out of five.

The gold went to Mathilde Gremaud from Switzerland at 91.00, while Canadian skier Megan Oldham bagged silver with 77.00 points.

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Gu is also scheduled to compete in the slopestyle event on Saturday.