X Games Aspen 2015 Final Day

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four News and Results— Largest Crowd in X Games Winter Event History, Norendal and McMorris Take Slopestyle, Goodwin Races to Victory, Hibbert Continues His Reign and d’Artois Rules the SuperPipe

X Games Aspen 2015 came to a close on Sunday and over the course of the event, 115,000 people gathered around the base of Buttermilk Mountain making this year the highest attended in X Games Aspen history.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The women were up first on the Snowboard Jeep Slopestyle course and familiar faces once again took the top spots on the podium. Last year’s winner, Silje Norendal, saved her best run for her last run with a score of 93.66 to capture gold. Jamie Anderson won her second-consecutive silver, her tenth overall X Games Aspen medal, with a score of 91.33. While both Norendal and Anderson were similar in the jumps, it was the rails, according to the judges, that separated the two. Rookie, New Zealand’s Christy Prior scored an 89.33 for the bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

Although she didn’t make the podium, fourth place finisher Spencer O’Brien, made history as she became the first woman in X Games Snowboard Slopestyle history to throw a successful 900.

The final event on the Jeep Slopestyle course was the Men’s Snowboard final where Mark McMorris claimed his second gold medal of X Games Aspen 2015 with a score of 96.00. McMorris, who won America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air on Friday, also accomplished the double gold medal feat in 2012. The silver medal went to Ståle Sandbech, who scored a 95.00. As with the women’s event, the difference between gold and silver was the technical work on the rails according to the judges. The bronze went to Sweden’s Sven Thorgren, whose high score of 92.00 came on his first run.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The first race on the SnoCross course was the Adaptive final where Garrett Goodwin surged to control of the race at the start of the second lap to capture gold. The win was the first of Goodwin’s X Games Aspen career, his third overall. Doug Henry, who struggled off the starting line, battled his way back from a tough start to win the silver. The bronze medal went to Jim Wazny.

Since 2007, only one man has taken the top spot in Snowmobile SnoCross and that man, Tucker Hibbert, continued his dominance on Sunday winning his eighth-consecutive gold in the event. Hibbert took advantage of a great start by grabbing the holeshot and never looking back. Kody Kamm, repeated his silver medal performance from 2014 and Ross Martin took the bronze. With the win, Hibbert increased his total X Games medals to 13 – 9 gold,  3 silver and a bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The final event of X Games Aspen 2015 took place on the Snowboard SuperPipe and Simon d’Artois, who was competing in just his second X Games, took the top prize with a high score of 93.00. His top run included a right side 1080, switch left 900, switch right 720, double cork 1260 and finished with a double quad spin 720. Artois’ gold, is the first gold his home country of Canada has won in this event. As he did in 2014, France’s Kevin Rolland took home the silver with a high score of 92.33. Aspen native Alex Ferreira also repeated his effort from 2014, claiming the bronze with a score of 91.66.

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Four News and Results— Largest Single-Day Crowd in X Games Winter Event History, Goepper Repeats, Dahlström Rules the Rails, Simmons the Fastest up the Hill, Gagnier Goes Big and a New Queen of Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe

Saturday was a day of records, as 48,500 – the largest single-day crowd in X Games winter event history – witnessed two record breaking events, a pair of concerts and non-stop action.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The day started on the Ski Slopestyle course with the men up first. The first run of the day turned out to be the best run of the competition, as Nick Goepper won his third- consecutive gold medal with a score of 93.66. Goepper initially failed to qualify for the finals, but made the event after Alex Beaulieu-Marchand withdrew due to injury. Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Joss Christesen grabbed his first X Games Aspen Medal taking the silver with a score of 90.66. Third went to Canadian Alex Bellemare, who had a high score of 85.66.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The ladies were up next on the Slopestyle course with Sweden’s Emma Dahlström separating herself from the competition with her work on the rails to capture gold. Her score of 90.33 on her second run bettered the score of Keri Herman, who finished with a high score of 86.66. The silver for Herman was her third in this event capturing medals in 2010 and 2011. Coming in third was Sochi Olympics Gold Medalist Dara Howell. Howell finished the event with a best score of 82.00.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

After an 11-year hiatus, Snowmobile HillCross returned to X Games Aspen and Canada’s Ryan Simmons, who had never competed in the discipline, took the top spot. Using his SnoCross background, Simmons took advantage of his quick start to capture the holeshot and pull away from his competitors. The 19-year-old X Games Aspen rookie Justin Thomas, finished behind Simmons for silver and Nathan Titus captured the bronze.

History was made Saturday night, as 14-year-old Chloe Kim defeated snowboarding legend Kelly Clark to claim the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe crown. The youngest gold medal winner ever at a X Games winter event, saved her best for last scoring a 92.00 – two points higher than Clark’s 90.00. The winning run included a switch method cab 900, switchback 720, McTwist and a front 900. Clark’s first run score of 90.00, also set a record for the highest amplitude in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe history at X Games Aspen, reaching an astonishing 16 feet 11 inches. Australia’s Torah Bright score of 78.33 earned her the bronze.

Saturday concluded with GoPro Ski Big Air, where Canada’s Vincent Gagnier put on a high-flying act good for a total score of 91 to easily out pace his competitors. On his first two runs, Gagnier scored a 44 first and then an event high 47 on his second run with a spinning 1260, double bio, double genie and an octo-grab. The silver went to Colorado’s Bobby Brown, with a combined total of 82. Bronze winner Elias Ambühl also scored an 82, but Brown had a higher single run score of 44, compared to Ambühl’s 42.

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Three (Friday)

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Three News and Results— The Queen of Snowboarder X Reigns, First Time Winners in Men’s and Adaptive Snowboarder X, McMorris Recaptures Gold and Frisby Flies to Victory

23,000 spectators packed the grounds of X Games Aspen on Friday and they were treated to excitement on the courses and on the Sound Factory stage as the legendary Snoop Dogg entertained those in attendance.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The action started fast and furious on the X Course with Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Snowboarder X. In the women’s event, Lindsey Jacobellis captured her ninth overall gold medal in Snowboarder X after she passed silver medalist Dominique Maltais late in the race. France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz finished in third to capture the bronze.

In the men’s event, Canada’s Kevin Hill jumped out front early in the finals and never looked back grabbing his first X Games Aspen gold. Italy’s Omar Visintin, who is making his first X Games Aspen appearance, grabbed the silver with Snowboarder X legend Nate Holland taking the bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

The first-ever Adaptive race was won by Keith Gabel who narrowly edged out New Zealand’s Carl Murphy. Gabel led the race from the start with the hard-charging Murphy closing the gap just before the finish. It wasn’t quite enough as Gabel grabbed his first X Games Aspen medal. Canada’s Alex Massie took home the bronze not far behind the gold and silver medalists.

X Games Aspen 2015

X Games Aspen 2015

As night fell over Buttermilk, the attention moved to the Big Air course where Mark McMorris outpaced his competitors with a 35 on his first run and a 47 on his third run to capture gold with a combined score of 88. Fellow Canadian and last year’s gold medalist Max Parrot took silver with a combined score of 82 and Japan’s Yuki Kadono took the bronze with a score of 66. McMorris, who also won gold in this event in 2012, received his competition high score of 47 with a frontside triple cork 1440.

The final event of day three saw snowmobiles take-off over a 75-foot gap in Snowmobile Long Jump. And at the end of the event, no one jumped longer than Heath Frisby who took gold with a long jump of 164 feet 11 inches. Cory Davis captured the silver and Colten Moore, who won Speed & Style last night, rounded out the podium by taking bronze.

X Games Aspen 2015 Day Two in the Books

X Games Aspen 2015

Danny Davis – X Games Aspen 2015

Day Two of X Games Aspen for 2015 are now in the books.  A record crowd showed up to watch Mono Skier X Final, Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding, Snowmobile Speed & Style, and Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe.

Devlin-Young take gold in Mono Skier X, and the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Competition.  Moore Out Style the Competition for Gold in Snowmobile Speed & Style and Davis Defend His Snowboard SuperPipe Title

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe

The gates opened to the public for the first time at X Games Aspen 2015 and a Thursday night record crowd of 16,300 poured in and were witness to some familiar faces taking medals along with some new ones.

The first gold medal of day two was handed out in Mono Skier X, which made its return in 2015 after a three-year hiatus. 53-year-old Chris Devlin-Young, who was twice the age of his youngest competitor, beat the field down the X Course to capture the crown. The oldest competitor in the X Games field, crossed the finish line before silver medalist Brandon Adam and bronze medalist Ravi Drugan. Adam also captured the silver in 2011, the last time the event was held at X Games Aspen.

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe

The duo of Chris Klug and Henry Meece took home gold in the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding event. Silver went to Hannah Teter and Daina Shilts and bronze to Scotty James and Zachary Elder. This first-year event saw Special Olympics athletes paired with an X Games athlete to compete in a dual giant slalom race.

Snowmobile Speed & Style was next on the docket, and in the finals, event rookie Colten Moore was able to defeat Joe Parsons 90.6 to 83.0. While Moore wasn’t as fast as his fellow competitors, his final run tricks included a K.O.D. indie flip, a seat grab flip and a combo heel clicker to superman backflip to capture gold. For the bronze medal, Cory Davis knocked off Levi LaVallee 84.3 to 50.0.

Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe

Thursday night concluded with one of the premier X Games winter events, the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Defending champion Danny Davis used a last run led off with a McTwist, a front side 900, backside 700, switch method cab 1080 and a front side double cork 1080 to capture gold with a score of 93.66. Davis narrowly edged out Japan’s Taku Hiraoka who scored a 92.33 for silver – the same medal he captured in last winter’s Sochi Olympics. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov first run score of 89.00 was enough to win bronze.

On Friday, X Games Aspen 2015 will feature finals in Men’s and Women’s Snowboarder X, Snowboarder X Adaptive, America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air, Snowmobile Long Jump and the legendary Snoop Dogg will take the Sound Factory stage at 6:15 p.m. MT. Tickets for Snoop Dogg and all other musical acts can be purchased at

 

X Games Aspen Debuts Drones

Long a laboratory for progression of all kinds, X Games has debuted many new technologies and production enhancements through the years. This year, after working through a months-long process with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local authorities, ESPN received approval to use cameras mounted on drones during its live coverage at X Games Aspen.

Working with Vortex Aerial, an FAA approved company, X Games is using custom built quadcopter drones (built by Vortex Aerial) over the top section of the X Course during its coverage of Snowoarder X and Snowmobile HillCross.

“It’s very exciting to be the first to use drones to provide live images for a sporting event in the U.S.,” said Chris Calcinari, Vice President of ESPN & ABC Sports Remote Production Operations, who helped lead the exploration and regulatory clearance process. “They give us an untethered camera source that can fly in any position around an athlete at high speed.  It gives our production teams flexibility to deliver angles and viewpoints that have not been seen previously.”

The portion of X Course where the drones are being utilized is a controlled environment with no public access and weather conditions will also be considered.

Maddie Bowman Captures Her Third-Consecutive Ski SuperPipe Gold

X Games Aspen 2015 Day One News and Results— Maddie Bowman Captures Her Third-Consecutive Ski SuperPipe Gold

Under the the falling snow, X Games Aspen 2015 kicked off Wednesday night with Maddie Bowman claiming her third-consecutive X Games gold in Women’s Ski SuperPipe.

The 2014 Olympic Gold medalist tallied her highest score on her third run with a score of 85.66. The winning run consisted of a right 900, a left-side mute, left-side tail, straight-air mute, left-cork nine, right 720, and a switch 720. Japan’s Ayana Onozuka finished second, with a silver medal score of 83.33 and Brita Sigourney took the bronze with a score of 78.66.

Tomorrow X Games Aspen 2015 opens to the fans starting at 11 a.m. MDT. Finals for Mono Skier X, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding, Snowmobile Speed & Style and the crowd favorite Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe will be held.