Talk about a Winter X Games event loaded with story lines: Shaun White looking for redemption after failing (for the first time) to qualify for the slopestyle finals. Scotty Lago competing in his fourth (fourth!) event with a broken jaw that was wired shut. In the end, the guy with the long red hair got the win, but Lago’s amazing story continued with a strong second. Read more.
Earlier in the day the skicross finals for men and women left bodies strewn along the course, some of them even those who won and medaled. American John Teller won the men’s event and Canadian Kelsey Serwa won the women’s event. But read about that finish.
The repeat just wasn’t meant to be for Bobby Brown, who was unable to defend his titles in ski slopestyle and big air. Not that he didn’t try, fighting through a painful back injury to place fourth in slopestyle and take silver in big air. In Women’s superpipe, Kelly Clark became the first woman to complete a 1080 in competition, winning the gold. It was a bad night for defending champ Gretchen Bleiler. For a complete roundup of Saturday action, check out the coverage in the Denver Post.
Action to look for today: Women’s slopestyle snowboard finals (12:30 p.m. EST), men’s snocross final (3:15 p.m. EST), men’s snowboard slopestyle finals (3:45 p.m. EST) and snowboard superpipe finals featuring Shaun White at 8:30 p.m. EST).
Remember the name: Torin Yater-Wallace. The Aspen 15-year-old became the youngest winner of a Winter X medal when he stunned the field to earn silver in ski superpipe, only being edged out by Kevin Rolland of France on his final run. Read more, including where Simon Dumont finished.
You want more surprises: Shaun White failed to make it out of prelims in snowboard slopestyle. Afterward, he remained positive in comments to the press, but he has never failed to advance in this event and medaled in 8 of the past 9. Read more.
Today is a HUGE day of competition, with skicross and snocross finals as well as the finals in ski slopestyle (12:30 p.m. EST) and big air (10:30 p.m. EST). Those are always great events, but this year the amplitude’s even higher as Bobby Brown looks to defend his gold medals in both events.
A number of gold medals were awarded on Day One: Sarah Burke in women’s ski halfpipe, Kaya Turski in women’s ski slopestyle, Daniel Bodin in snowmobile freestyle. But the big news had to be the return to competition (for the first time since the Winter Olympics) of Shaun White, who smoked the field in snowboard halfpipe prelims. And what’s with that leather jacket and tight pants? Complete day one results and video here, plus a Friday schedule. And here’s a cool video from ESPN about how White flies so high.
The Winter X Games are in their 10th year of competition in Aspen. Come back here for updates throughout the competition. Some more details:
- Who’s there? Better to ask who ISN’T? X Games represent the high holidays of winter extreme sports, so expect to see Shaun White (at his first competition of the season), Louie Vito (a two-time Dew Tour winner already, “Big Air” Bobby Brown, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jossi Wells, Simon Dumont … the list goes on.
- Read more: Speaking of the big names, check out these great stories in the Denver Post about White and Brown.
- What’s new? The games may be celebrating its 15th anniversary, but it will feature one new event and one discipline returns with a new format. Learn more.
- Competition schedule: Planning on being there? Here’s how to find your favorite event. Superpipe competition (read: Shaun White) starts at 7 p.m. Thursday.
- TV schedule: Here’s when you can watch from the comfort of your couch.
- Streaming: ESPN plans to stream 34 hours of competition. Here’s where to look while you pretend to work.
- ESPN Blog: No surprise the sports network would have a great blog about the event. Keep up here.