Brooke Voigt wins bronze at X Games in Norway

Brooke Voigt wins bronze at the X Games in Norway. Supplied image/Brooke Voigt

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Fort McMurray snowboarder Brooke Voigt is back in Canada after winning bronze in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at the X Games in Norway earlier this month. New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won gold and Japan’s Kokomo Murase won silver.

The medal is the first from the X Games for Voigt.

“It feels amazing,” she said. “An X Games medal of any colour is pretty much any competitive snowboarder’s career-long goal, so I feel pretty good about that for sure.”

With events for snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling, the winter X Games is one of the biggest events for extreme sport athletes.

“It’s the Olympics of the extreme sports world, in a sense,” said Voigt.

Voigt had been an alternate for the competition, so leading into the event she said she didn’t have high expectations.

“We always have alternates at events because it is a pretty crazy sport so lots of things happen,” she said. “I’m just glad that I got to ride with that field of girls and that it ended up the way it did.”

Since a spot in the competition was not guaranteed, Voigt said it can be hard to practice for.

“You’re there if anyone else gets hurt so you don’t want to get hurt as the alternate and take yourself out of the equation as well, which is always the risk we run,” she said. “Sometimes I would just have to give myself a little kick in the butt and practice a little bit more, but try and find a balance between what I needed to have sorted and not pushing it too hard.”

Brooke said the season has gone by fast, but said she feels it went well with “a few podiums and good results.” This is Voigt’s second medal of the year, after winning bronze in January at the FIS World Cup in Italy.

“I met some of my expectations for a lot of the events and then had a few bonus accomplishments to go along with it,” she said. “Definitely happy with the season.”

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