She made an excellent start in the final but had her legs taken from under her by another competitor while negotiating the first banked turn, effectively ending her challenge for victory. Olympic silver medalist and world ranked number one, Lindsay Jacobellis went on to take the title.
Afterwards, Gillings, from Arbory on the Isle of Man said “even though this is my best result this season, I should have done better, I can’t wait to go to Leysin on Wednesday for the next round of World Cup.”
In the Superpipe final, 23-year old Emma Lonsdale became the first British snowboarder to qualify for the Halfpipe at the X-games. She eventually finished ninth. Her run of grabs and spins was put down with consistency and style and would have taken 5th place in 2007's X Games competition.
Emma said “I’m superstoked with the result and really looking forward to the rest of the season. Entry to the Games [ESPNS X-Games] is strictly by invitation and includes the best riders in their featured disciplines so I am really excited to be here and with my result!” The event was won by Sarah Burke of Canada.
Meanwhile in Italy, Aviemore’s Lesley McKenna finished an excellent fourth in the Women’s World Cup event on the Olympic half-pipe at Bardonecchia , behind winner Anne Sophie Pellissier of France. Kate Foster finished 14th in the same event.