One of our favorite aspects of the Winter X-Games is Real Snow, a quasi video challenge thatpits eight of the world’s best urban snowboarders against each other to vie for one of the top three spots. It’s up to you to judge so head over and vote for the first round!
With the 17th Winter X-Games in the history books, here’s what went down in a nutshell:
1.) Shaun White dominated superpipe winning his 6th straight X-Games Gold in the event.
2.) Fourteen-year-old Ayumu Hirano of Japan, scored a 92.33 securing a second place finish in superpipe finals. Amazing. It’s obvious that White could have his hands full at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ayumu Hirano (left) Shaun White (right) Photo: Rob Layer
3.) Mark McMorris scores a 98.00 in the Men’s Slopestyle Finals. There was a lot of hype leading into the event about the White/McMorris rivalry. At the end of the day, White was no match for the young ripper from Vancouver who made high scoring history of his own.
Last year, four days in Aspen saw a perfect 100 score, a five-peat, first-ever tricks and a celebration of the life of Sarah Burke. It was an emotional X-Games to say the least. Lives were celebrated and records were broken.
The world’s premier four day Winter action sports event is back, kicking off this Saturday, January 26 in Aspen, CO. This year promises to be full of joy, sadness, pain, but most of all progression. With the word “triple cork” flying around, we may very well witness history in the making again. Especially if snowboarding demi-god Shaun White has anything to do with it.