Alright we’ve reached the end of my day-to-day recaps of X Games Aspen. I’m going to do my eXponential Awards review, and then we can finally move onto Oslo (and hopefully life won’t kick me in the butt again). Sunday had non-stop snow again. Visibility wasn’t as bad as Saturday, but the athletes still struggled and my mom refused to come out even during the day.
I took this on the shuttle ride to Buttermilk since I’d never seen this much snow, not even when I lived in northern Japan.
Men’s Ski Slopestyle
- Jossi Wells got a well-earned gold. Like Spencer, he’s been at X for a while, but this is his first win here.
- I think Jossi is younger than me, but they kept making him sound like an old man because he’s married with a dog. His family actually brought the dog out.
- I loved the little touches Bobby Brown put in his runs. He did okay, and it seemed like he was ready to just head out. However, he did stop to say “hi” to people and thank me when I complimented him.
- Joss Christensen skied with a broken hand. He usually uses poles so not having them was a little weird, according to him. The awkwardness showed.
- Our Olympians had a really rough time overall. Then Gus Kenworthy put together a sick run on his third and final attempt.
- For all the hate Gus got for coming out in a such a public way, he has helped freeskiing. Not just with making it a more accepting place, but he’s brought in new fans. He knows that responsibility comes with visibility because he took the time to greet fans and take photos.
Gus was stoked on the flag. Mission accomplished.
- Also, for the bad rep that “fangirls” often get, they were super nice and encouraged me to get up to the front with them at the end so that Gus could see my rainbow flag. Gus’ mom saw it first and gave me a thumbs up. I’m glad he has such a supportive family (especially since I had kind of an awkward conversation with my parents about why I brought the rainbow flag).