Canada's Megan Oldham lands 1st triple cork in women's events to claim X Games gold
21-year-old posts perfect score of 50 in 1st run with historic move
Megan Oldham made action sports history on Friday.
The 21-year-old Parry Sound, Ont., native landed the first-ever triple cork in a women's ski or snowboard event, winning a gold medal in the ski big air final at the X Games in Aspen, Colo.
Oldham earned a perfect score of 50 points with the leftside triple cork 1440 on her third of five runs. The Canadian added a rightside double cork 1260 later to end up with a winning overall score of 91 in the eight-athlete final.
It was enough to edge France's Tess Ledeux (90) and Scotland's Kirsty Muir (85), who rounded out the podium.
"It feels crazy to be a part of the huge push in progression right now, and being able to land a trick that has never been done before is a dream come true," Oldham said from Buttermilk Ski Area.
Megan Oldham 🇨🇦 wins gold in Women’s Ski Big Air at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/XGames?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#XGames</a> Aspen 2023! <a href="https://t.co/KKYhydVAfQ">pic.twitter.com/KKYhydVAfQ</a>—@XGames
Oldham took silver last year in Aspen and placed fourth in the big air event at the Olympic Games in Beijing last February.
Reigning Olympic champion Eileen Gu of China did not compete in Friday's event.
With files from The Canadian Press
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