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Braaten, Mahler and Dahlstrom on the rise as X Games approaches2015-01-19
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With one contest in the books this season Kenworthy has already proven to be a "must have" for any FFL line up. His first place finish in slopestyle and fourth in halfpipe at the Dew Tour increased his FFL value by almost $10,000 dollars, accruing a total of 161 points in the process. He has the potential to compete in all three events at X Games, so do yourself a favor and pick up Gus, there is a reason almost three quarters of the league has him on their roster...
After surprising many at the Dew Tour with a first place qualification run, Braaten proceeded to stomp his run in finals, earning himself a second place finish and the first major podium finish of his career. It wouldn't be surprising to see him lay down a run that bumps him into the top five at X.
Henrik is always adding his own variation of style to his competition runs and X Games has historically been a contest in which he has been handsomely rewarded. He has three X games medals in the past two years, making him a very real threat in both slopestyle and big air. For only $20,000, Harlaut is a medal contender in two disciplines and a solid addition to any team.
After starting off the year with a bang by taking the halfpipe win at Dew Tour, TYW has proven that he is fully recovered from his injuries suffered last season and skiing at a very high level. Competing at his home mountain of Aspen, he could easily duplicate what he did last month and emerge victorious.
With three podium finishes in X games Big Air in the past three years it comes as a bit of a surprise that less than 1% of FFL participants have Kai on their team. Despite blowing his knee mid contest in last years Big Air, he still managed a third place finish. Kai is one of the strongest competitors in the Big Air field and we expect a strong showing at X.
Despite a minor injury that kept her from making finals at the Dew Tour, Logan is back and completely healthy for X Games. While she is not yet on the start list for halfpipe she regularly competes in both slope and pipe and is a consistent podium contender in both.
Less than five percent of FFL has Sigourney in their lineup for X Games, but for only $18,000 Brita could easily bring up the overall value of any roster. She's medaled twice at X Games and could easily find her way back to the podium this year. Although she's been recovering from injuries over the past few months she skied strong at Dew tour and just missed making finals. Be on the lookout for her to get a solid result at X.
With a solid performance at the first contest of the year, Dahlstrom has shown that she can compete with the best in the field and thus got the invite to X Games. Her ability to get the grab and well-rounded rail skills could prove to be enough to bump her onto the podium in yet another contest.
Drew has risen through the ranks over the past several years, coming to establish herself as a heavy hitter in the world of women's superpipe skiing. She came out swinging at the Dew Tour putting down one a solid run and coming out in second place, only behind the Olympic champion Maddie Bowman. I expect yet another solid finish out of Anna at X.
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Although Kaya has won X Games slopestyle just about every year since it was added to the program, it does not seem as if she will be competing in this event. Her absence at Dew Tour seems to be a sign that she is still recovering from an injury and may not be able to reclaim her title as X Games champ.
Martinod is yet another heavy hitter in the women's field that was not in attendance for the first contest of the year. Marie is a very consistent skier with podium potential, but it appears that she may not be making the start at X.
Wallisch is one of the best skiers in the men's slopestyle circuit, and took home gold in Aspen in 2012. But after a notable absence from the Winter Dew tour, it remains unknown how Tom will do at X.
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