Canadians on the podium at X-Games 

Burke, Hayer, and Schiller win medals in Aspen

Snowboarding's Shaun White was once again the biggest story at the ESPN Winter X Games this past weekend in Aspen, winning both the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions in the most spectacular way possible.

But Canadians also did well, winning four gold medals, one silver medal, and a bronze, while also placing top-10 in several events.

In the ski superpipe event on Jan. 22, Vernon's Justin Dorey finished just off the podium in fourth place.

In the women's event the following day, Whistler's Sarah Burke was first overall with a score of 93.33 in her third run, while her World Cup teammate Roz Groenwoud finished fourth.

In the women's ski slopestyle, Kaya Turski of Montreal placed third, while Sarah Burke was seventh.

In the women's snowboard slopestyle, Whistler's Spencer O'Brien placed second.

Whistler's Maëlle Ricker was fourth in the snowboardcross, which differs from World Cup events with six athletes in the starting gate. Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. took the win.

B.C.'s Tucker Hibbert won the snowmobile SnoCross race.

In the men's ski slopestyle, Vernon's T.J. Schiller placed first, while Charles Gagnier was eighth for Canada.

In the men's SkierX (ski cross), Stanley Hayer from the national team was first, while Whistler's Brian Bennett placed fifth.

"Standing on top of that podium today was just awesome," said Hayer, who won three silver and three bronze medals last season. "I had great starts all day, my skis were running fast in these conditions and everything seemed to be going my way."

Canadians Chris DelBosco and Brady Leman also registered a protest after they were clipped by Andreas Steffen of Switzerland in what appeared to be an attempt to block a passing opportunity. However, officials reviewed the clip and judged that it was "incidental contact."

B.C.'s Kelsey Serwa was sixth in the women's SkierX. She was in second place, and was attempting to pass Megdalena Jonsson on the lower part of the course when she got sideways off a jump and crashed. She wasn't injured, but finished back of the pack.

Whistler's Ashleigh McIvor was also knocked out by a crash in the semifinals, while Julia Murray was sitting third in her heat when a bad jump bumped her back to fourth.

The ski cross team's next event is a World Cup test event at Cypress Mountain on Feb. 6.

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