Brett Turcotte, who gained his first X Games gold by beating Levi LaVallee in velocity and elegance Thursday, repeated the feat Friday night time towards LaVallee, this time in the freestyle occasion.
Feeding off Thursday night time’s power, Turcotte’s massive trick of the night time was the primary of his second run when he went side-saddle on his sled earlier than the leap, then in midair spun himself 360 levels earlier than getting again on the seat and touchdown, however with out holding onto the handlebars. It occurred in a fashion of lower than four seconds in the air and gave him a 92 from the judges.
“I’m freaking out right now. Two golds? Wow,” stated Turcotte, who had simply three X Games medals in 9 earlier occasions. “Double gold — are you kidding? This is crazy.”
Veteran freestyler Joe Parsons got here into Aspen with the prospect to unseat Shaun White as probably the most adorned Winter X Games athlete, however Parsons once more had mechanical issues and did not podium. Parsons has 17 medals, one behind White, who competes Sunday in the superpipe.
Parsons, who needed to pull out of Thursday’s velocity and elegance as a result of of mechanical issues, gained freestyle the previous two years. Friday was his 10th begin in the occasion and he has claimed eight medals (three golds and 5 silvers). But coping with sled issues once more, he completed seventh.
Sweden’s Daniel Bodin, who has 4 X Games golds together with greatest trick final yr, needed to drop out after Friday’s first run when he crashed and broke ribs.
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Without one of the best trick occasion this yr at Aspen, the snowmobilers are completed for the yr at Buttermilk. Through the weekend are snow bike occasions with a crossrace at this time and the debut of one of the best trick Sunday night time. Turcotte and X Games veteran Heath Frisby, who has 11 medals courting again to his first bronze in 2007 freestyle, are on the beginning listing for Sunday’s snow bike greatest trick. Frisby completed eighth Friday in his 10th freestyle look.
Plenty of snowboarding historical past in women’s superpipe
The eight-rider subject in the women’s superpipe tonight has some critical Olympic and X Games chops.
The invite-only lineup consists of six Americans, together with all 4 women headed to Pyeongchang, and two Chinese snowboarders with Olympic historical past.
Team USA snowboarders for subsequent month are Steamboat Springs’ Arielle Gold, three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark and Californians Chloe Kim (Aspen winner in 2015 and ’16) and newest teen sensation Maddie Mastro (who was third on the Snowmass Grand Prix).
“The halfpipe is always perfect and it’s an awesome place to get some practice in,” Kim stated. “I’m going to go in full force and stomp the best run of my life.”
Hannah Teter, who gained Olympic gold on the 2006 Games in Turin and silver in 2010 at Vancouver, is in as we speak’s area together with Elena Hight, who additionally competed in 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Hight has 5 X Games Aspen medals courting again to 2004, together with final yr’s win in the superpipe.
China’s Cai Xuetong, who was second right here final yr and third in 2016, completed sixth on the 2014 Sochi Games and 23rd at Vancouver when she was 16 years previous. China’s Jiayu Liu, who’s driving for the third time in Aspen, was fourth on the Vancouver Games.
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Today is the most important at Buttermilk with six finals occasions and two live shows in the combination.
The slopestyle course will host the women’s snowboarding at 11 a.m. after which males’s snowboarding at 1 p.m. In between at midday is the final women’s snowboard huge air competitors earlier than its Olympic debut in South Korea.
Snow bikecross is again for the second time at 1 p.m.
The night competitions embrace the lads’s ski huge air (which isn’t an Olympic occasion) at 7 p.m. then the women’s snowboard superpipe at 7:45 p.m.
Today’s live performance schedule is Method Man & Redman live performance at 5:30 p.m. and LCD Soundsystem at 9:30.