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I know I’m late on these, but I hope they’ll get you amped about X Games Oslo.  Being stuck in Aspen for a couple of days after the X Games was great… until I got back home.  I haven’t had much time to sit down and consider how these posts would differ from my Tumblr updates.  It’s going to mostly be the same, but I hope you stick around for the photos and some additional facts that I remember.

To preface this adventure, I’d like to give you some perspective.  If you’ve followed freestyle snowmobiling at Winter X, then you know about the Moore brothers.  They’re from Krum, which is an hour from where I am.  If you remember all those remarks about how they’re not used to the cold or the altitude, you can apply those to them.  North Texas gets snow a couple times a year, and it’s super flat.  Therefore I arrived in Aspen with some trepidation but much excitement.
day1-dad7637  Aspen Airport knew what was going on.

It turns out that Aspen in the day felt like Dallas without the wind chill.  The altitude proved to be a bigger issue.  That combined with my bad health and lack of sleep led to a headache that put me out of commission for most of Thursday.  However, I was able to participate in the Skype group chats with Sage Kotsenburg and Tom Wallisch.  Here’s what I learned (asterisks were answers to my questions): (more…)

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?