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Hibbert gold again in snowmobile snocross

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From left, D.J. Eckstrom from Duluth, Minn., Levi LaLallee from Longview, Minn., Tucker Hibbert from Thiefriver Falls, Minn., and Willie Elam from Bohl, Idaho, fly over rolls of snow in their snowmobiles during the Snowmobile SnoCross event at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski Area near Aspen, Colo. on Saturday, Jan., 26, 2008. Hibbert lead the field throughout the race of 25 laps and took the victory. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

ASPEN ” Twelve sleds jockeyed their way through a boisterous start at Saturday’s Snowmobile snocross final, and within a few moves, Goodridge, Minn. native Tucker Hibbert shot to the front.

He never looked back.

Hibbert led for all 25 laps of the race, and ended up beating his closest competitor – Brett Turcotte – by more than 15 seconds.

The win marks Hibbert’s second consecutive gold in the snocross at Winter X Games. He now holds seven total Winter X medals.

“I knew in my head I could win gold, but it’s really easy to get distracted here in Aspen,” Hibbert joked to ESPN.

“I knew it was just about getting a good start, and I got it,” he explained. “Once I was out in front of the pack, I knew I had the inside track to the medal stand.”

Silver medalist Turcotte was ecstatic after the race. “It really hasn’t hit me yet,” he told ESPN. “It probably won’t for a few weeks, until this metal is on my shelf.”

1. Tucker Hibbert, Arctic Ca, 1066.714

2. Brett Turcotte, Ski-Doo, 1082.377

3. D.J. Eckstrom, Polaris, 1083.251

4. Steve Taylor, Yamaha, 1083.897

5. Zach Pattyn, Ski-Doo, 1087.964

6. Levi LaVallee, Polaris, 1098.450

7. Ross Martin, Polaris, 1099.000

8. Robbie Malinoskii, Ski-Doo, 1103.446

9. Shaun Crapo, Polaris, 1106.862

10. Willie Elam, Ski-Doo, 1210.261

11. Dave Allard, Ski-Doo, 1328.764

12. T.J. Gulla, Polaris, 2924.387

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