Dark horses take gold at X Games.

Graphicle: Crowds were pleasantly surprised when Marie Martinod & Aaron Blunck won gold in the halfpipe at the winter X Games.

Dark horses take gold at X Games.

Marie Martinod & Aaron Blunck win gold in the ski pipe titles at the winter X Games.


Marie Martinod

  • SILVER, 2014 Sochi Olympics
  • BRONZE, 2014 Winter X Games
  • BRONZE, 2006 Winter X Games

The 32-year old French freestyle skier stunned crowds with a win over the 4X champion (undefeated since 2012), Maddie Bowman.

I’ve dreamed of this as a little kid and I cannot be more stoked. To win here is unbelievable. I’m so stoked right now.

Aaron Blunck
After winning X Games ski pipe

Aaron Blunck

  • 7th, 2014 Sochi Olympics

The 20-year old American freestyle skier is an X Games veteran, but this was his first win: taking gold in the halfpipe.


Martinod (1) – 89.33 | Onozuka (2) – 87.00 | M. Bowman (3) – 86.00.

Blunck (1) – 84.66 | Porteous (2) – 81.00 | N. Bowman (3)


The views expressed are the author's own and not necessarily shared by Explica, Inc. Opinions expressed by any contributor to Explica, Inc. are offered freely without direct compensation by any sponsor, advertiser, contributor, candidate, or employer.