Bleiler Takes Gold @ Winter X 12 |

Bleiler Takes Gold @ Winter X 12

Gretchen Bleiler, a two-time ESPN Winter X Games gold medal winner in the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe, made it three tonight with a monster run that fended off a late-game challenge by Aussie shredder Torah Bright.

Bleiler, who currently graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine and is the first female action sports athlete to do so, put down a 92.33 on her second run. After hitting back-to-back 720s, she stuck a crippler 540, getting massive amplitude throughout the run.

Bright’s final run included a switch McTwist 720 and a McTwist 540, but her 92.66 couldn’t catch Bleiler’s mark.

Kelly Clark won bronze with a first run of 90.00 – then attempted to land an unprecedented-in-competition 1080, which she narrowly missed.

“This one feels really good. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks,” Bleiler said. “It feels good to have it all come together tonight.”

Check out Gretchen’s winning run by clicking here.

Posted on: January 26, 2008