13-year-old Kokomo Murase takes home X Games gold

Credit: Kokomo Murase/Burton
Credit: Kokomo Murase/Burton /

X Games Norway 2018 is underway and the women of snowboarding put on a show. Here are the women’s big air snowboarding highlights and results.

The best of the best in women’s snowboarding took to the towering big air scaffold in Norway today and put on a snowboarding clinic for the X Games fans. The jump looked terrifying, the tricks looked difficult but the athletes were at the top of their respective games.

Kokomo Murase took home the Gold medal with a final score of 78.66. She stomped a history-making backside 1260 in her X Games debut. The American Julia Marino grabbed second with a score of 72.99 and Enni Rukajarvi rounded out the top three with 66.99 points.

Most of the boarders seemed to take the conservative approach of landing two solid jumps before attempting a game-changing final jump, but that was not the case for American “Jules” Marino. Jules came out strong with a huge cab double underflip to put herself in a great position, however she’d be left chasing Kokomo Murase in jump three, who came to perform today.

The Japanese riders set the pace in this event. 13-year-old Kokomo Murase (yes, you read that right) held the lead through two of three jumps. Reira Iwabuchi absolutely stomped her back 1080 double to put herself in a great spot with one run left.

The athletes all went big in run three. Many, including favorites Olympic gold medallist Anna Gasser and defending X Games gold medallist Silje Norendal, fell on their final runs, leaving the podium wide open. Kokomo Murase, who was in the lead, decided not to play it safe and busted out a backside double cork 1260 mute that scored a near-perfect 49.66. This was the first time a female rider has ever landed this trick in competition.


At 13 years and six months old, Kokomo Murase of Japan becomes the youngest X Games gold medallist ever. Expect to see her win every other event she’s in until she retires. Wow.

Full results

1. Kokomo Murase – 78.66
2. Julia Marino – 72.99
3. Enni Rukajarvi – 66.99
4. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott – 62.66
5. Reira Iwabuchi – 60.33
6. Silje Norendal – 57.00
7. Anna Gasser – 47.66
8. Cheryl Maas – 37.66


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