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Even though we live in the computer age, I have learned that sometimes the internet cannot replace good ol’ cable TV. My X Games viewing experience got off to a frustrating start, as I struggled with remote access and connection issues. There’s nothing worse than having your connection die right when you’re about to see if someone is going to snag gold on their last run (Kaya Turski) or what their new trick looks like (Joe Parsons’ “gator wrassler”, which I missed twice!). I also had to miss out on street snowboarding.

Nevertheless, I managed to catch some sick ski slopestyle action and freestyle snowmobiling, as well the amazing celebration of Sarah Burke’s legacy which thankfully went uninterrupted. The candlelit process down the halfpipe was beautiful, and it made me cry. Then I smiled because that’s what Sarah was known for and what she would want us to do.

Ski thoughts

  • Tom Wallisch throws double backflips for fun.  Something isn’t right about that…or the fact that it doesn’t give you a high score (welcome to the X Games).
  • Russ Henshaw and Anna Segal were celebrating Australia Day with bright yellow jackets.
  • Devon Logan had a great run but only spun in one direction (left). Nevertheless she was able to get a high score. Perhaps it was the multitude of switch tricks.
  • Slopestyle had lots of drama: Alex Schlopy was injured but still competed; defending champ Sammy Carlson not qualifying; and this year’s winners getting the gold on their last runs.
  • Very bummed about missing Kaya Turski’s switch 1080, the first by a female skier, live. Thank goodness for recaps.
  • Tom called himself a “second-run guy” at Killington. Now it’s more accurate to call him a “last-run guy”.
  • Andreas Hatveit’s double cork octo grab (both hands on skis) was a picture-worthy trick.
  • 17-year-old rookie Nick Goepper put up a good fight. Notice how the young rookies have been coming in and making their mark? There was Bobby Brown in 2010, Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Schlopy in 2011, and now Nick.

Snowmobile thoughts

  • The Moore brothers seemed intent on giving me a heart attack with so many close calls. First there was Colton’s 120 foot fall, which he bounced back on. Then Caleb’s fingers slid down the seat, losing one hand’s grip, before he got back on.
  • It was noted that Colton may have been the happiest person to have fallen from over 100 feet.
  • More speed = more tricks = Joe Parsons leading for a bit.
  • An “aww” moment happened when it was revealed that Caleb’s motivation came from seeing his little brother crash and then get a high score. The Moores are up there with the Elrics and Wincesters when it comes to brotherly love.
  • Heath Frisby played it safe. Apparently the front flip has been on his mind. Now I’m nervous for him.
  • Joe seems to have a Travis Pastrana-like super tweaked, almost-squirrely style.
  • Colton’s no-handed flip extension is also really sick; it’s like he’s about to come off the bike.
  • I have totally been proved wrong about which Moore brother is the better rider. Stoked about both of them getting two spots on the podium—who says Texans can’t ride snowmobiles?
  • Something worth noting about the Moores: even though they’ve only been riding snowmobiles for 3 years, they have had experience with doing freestyle on ATVs. So it’s not like you can instantly become a freestyle snowmobiler.
  • Also, the way Colton twisted around to have his back take the impact shows exactly how skilled these athletes are. Knowing how to fall can make the difference between walking away and being seriously injured.

Congratulations to Kaya Turski (Women’s Ski Slopestyle), Forest Bailey (Snowboard Street), Colton Moore (Snowmobile Freestyle), and Tom Wallisch (Men’s Ski Slopestyle) for grabbing the gold!

Prediction Status: 2/3
Quote of the Day: “If you are looking for her legacy, you will find it in all the faces you see here tonight and all those that line halfpipes and come down mountains for years and years to come. That is where you will find Sarah Burke.” – Sal Masakela
Trick of the Day: Andreas Hatveit’s double cork
Inspiration of the Day: Sarah Burke
CelebrateSarah, from official X Games Tumblr
from the official X Games Tumblr
Question of the Day: What did you think of Colton Moore’s Tebowing?

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Sorry for the delay.  It’s kind of hard to post when X Games action has been going on all day and you have to work when it’s not (sometimes when it’s going on).

This isn’t a recap; you can get all the highlights and results at EXPN.com . I just decided to put down some fun facts and insights I gleaned from watching the web broadcast. Also, you’ll get to see how well I’m doing with my predictions. In here are my Day 0 (name thus because the announcers called yesterday “Day 1” even though web broadcast began the day before) as well.

Ski thoughts

  • Way to give me a heart attack, guys.  My picks for SuperPipe and Slopestyle, Simon Dumont and Bobby Brown, looked like they weren’t going to qualify in the beginning, and Kevin Rolland found himself in the unlikely position of 5th. Luckily they all made it to the finals (with Kevin killing the competition).
  • Kaya Turski (Slopestyle) also had me worried.  Her victory wasn’t so easy this time around… though I thought her Kaya’s run would’ve been more than 0.33 points higher than second place.  It was much smoother, and she mixed up technical grinds with huge spins.
  • The X Course must be super gnarly because seven skiers and snowboarders, including Ashleigh McIvor (Skier X) who injured her knee, have pulled out. Get well soon, Ashleigh!
  • Jen Hudak (SuperPipe) showed that you have to be perfect. She pretty much did the 1080 and was riding away when it all went wrong at the last minute. Too bad you don’t get points for big cajones.
  • Pipe ladies were jamming out to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”. Old school and new school!

Snowboard thoughts

  • How the heck can Shaun White move, much less snowboard, in pants that tight?
  • Even though he looks bigger, Kazuhiro Kokubo is 5’3″ while Louie Vito is 5’5″.
  • Some math from someone in the booth (Kevin Pearce or Keir Dillon), Louie Vito launches at a 60-degree angle versus Shaun White’s 85-degree angle. Thus, his amplitude is not as high.
  • Scotty Lago, you crazy S.O.B.!  Two weeks ago, Scotty broke his jaw, and everybody figured he was out of the Games.  He comes back to compete in 4 events and qualifies in second in SuperPipe.  I think I’m going to have to change my top three picks (especially with Iouri Podladtchikov sidelined).

Snowmobile thoughts

  • It’s been a warm winter in Texas.  How the heck did the Moore brothers improve their skills?  Possible answers: vacation in the mountains, on ATVs, made the most of the few snow days we had (maybe Krum got more than the one day in Dallas).
  • Flying squirrel (freestyle snowmobiling) = holy man (FMX)
  • I will never call in sick again after seeing Justin Hoyer, who was coming down with a bad cold AND coming off two crashes, put together a silver medal-winning run.
  • Four is an unlucky number in Asian cultures.  It was pretty unlucky for Daniel Bodin because he kept missing the podium, but this year, four times is the charm.

Congratulations to Kaya Turski (Women’s Ski Slopestyle), Daniel Bodin (Freestyle Snowmobiling), and Sarah Burke (Women’s Ski SuperPipe) for their victories!

Jen’s Prediction Status: 1/3 – This is not counting Freestyle Snowmobiling. Ashleigh McIvor has pulled out so that prediction isn’t correct.
Quote of the Day: “She likes to get wax jobs.  I call that foreplay.” – Torstein Horgmo, on his new board “Nicole”
Trick of the Day: Whatever that crazy thing Joe Parsons pulled in Snowmobile Freestyle Snowmobile, where he turns around mid-backflip to land backwards on his sled.
Inspiration of the Day: The return of Kevin Pearce, who was in critical condition last year, was a very touching moment.  We’re glad to have him back and in good health and spirits. I might have shed a tear.

Question of the Day (for y’all to answer): What do you think of Shaun White’s ripper pants and leather jacket?

I think I will combine Day 2 with Day 3 since certain events will keep me away from my computer and the TV. So keep an eye out for that huge post on Sunday.

Listening to: “Jojyoushi” by L’Arc~en~Ciel