Over the years, the Winter X-Games have brought all sorts of extreme and fun to Aspen, Colorado. Unlike other sports events, the X-Games are a commercial event put on by ESPN and have paved the way for many action sports and athletes. This year’s winter games brought the extreme but were different from years past; because of the recent death of freeskier and X-Games champion Sarah Burke. Her presence was missed and there was a definite air of sorrow about the competition, but that did not stop many of the sport’s biggest competitors to bring it.
This year the United States led the pack in wins with 10 gold medals and 27 medals total. Canada came in a close second with seven gold medals and Norway squeaked in to win one gold medal. The rest of the seven competing countries did not come close to the almost untouchable North American countries.
Beside a definitive win for the United States and its athletes this year stood out as the year of many firsts for winter action sports. Heath Frisby landed the first-ever snowmobile frontflip in the Best Trick competition. Justin Hoyer tried to one up his friend and competitor Frisby with a never before seen double-backflip on a snowmobile. Even though he did not land the trick it was pretty impressive to watch. Young Canadian Mark McMoriis took the gold in Big Air with a triple cork 1440 and landed up with the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle gold the following day. The veterans were out too. Infamous X-Games athlete Shaun White nailed a perfect score of a 100 on his victory lap of the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe final with his new trick: a frontside double cork 1260.
All in all the 2012 Winter X-Games turned out to be a fun event to watch. The athletes were grateful to be among friends and to celebrate the life of one of their own: Sarah Burke.
The World is Our Snow Globe,
Mountain Reservations Team