Julia Marino, overwhelmed by her victory in Aspen. Photo: Trevor Brown/ESPN

The return of women's Big Air may have slightly overshadowed the slopestyle event at this year's X Games, but it didn't prevent the invited riders from giving it their all.

With the stakes just as high on the course as they were on the showpiece booter, there was an early blow when defending champion Spencer O'Brien had to pull out with an injury. Who would succeed her was anyone's guess, and once the riders started dropping it was clear this would be a tough one to call.

Someone had to win, of course; scroll down to see the top three runs.

3rd: Katie Ormerod (GBR)

At only her second appearance at X, Britain's Katie Ormerod set the pace early with a run that included a cab 900. Missing the grab on her 7 and some early rail exiting meant the run as a whole was marked down but still a strong entry for third place.

2nd: Jamie Anderson (USA)

Jamie Anderson certainly knows how it feels to be an X Games champ, with four golds (2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013) to her name. She was hungry for the fifth, especially after earning a silver in each of the last three years, but her run didn't quite snatch it despite a clean rail routine and her signature switch backside 5.

1st: Julia Marino (USA)

By the time Julai Marino got to the last jump, there really wasn't much between her and Jamie. Her rail run was better, but a flappy front 5 on the second jump might have cost her the advantage. She'd need to do something memorable with her last hit, and the resultant cab double underflip was just the thing. Stomped perfectly after what felt like an age in the air, it ensured Julia was going home with her first X Games gold.