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If anyone’s wondering about Todd Richards, a part-time Breckenridge resident, he’s still alive and well in the snowboarding world. He said he’s used to being the “old guy” on the tour now. In fact, he said he really enjoys being the mentor to the younger athletes.When asked if it was one singular event that changed his attitude, he said no. Simply put, he said, he’s matured. And, it probably helps that he’s moving on to a career in television. In addition to competing this year, he’s also working as an ESPN analyst. Access for photographers on course is always an issue. As ESPN sets up ropes and fences to keep spectators out of the way, it also serves as a barrier for our shooters, who then have to be creative to get all the amazing photos they’ve come up with.One of our photographers, Preston Utley, was standing on the back of a snowcat while covering the slopestyle event, when he smelled something burning. Turns out, the exhaust from the cat melted his camera backpack and a battery.Oh well. He chalked it up to bad luck and moved on. The X Games would be nothing without corporate sponsorships. Here’s a sampler of vendors giving away swag on the grounds: Sony Playstation, Kumho Tires, Jetix, Schick Quattro, Navy, Edge Shaving Gel, Taco Bell, Guinness, Oakley, Fender and Burton.For spectators, coming away from the event empty-handed is not even an option. “It’s way better to get your first run good and out of the way than have the pressure on your second run.” – Hana Beaman, women’s slopestyle silver medalist, led the field with her first run score of 83.33. She fell in her second run. Winner Janna Meyen crashed and finished last in her first run and had the pressure on for her final trip through the course. More numbers to play with:8 – Night competitions at Winter X Games 1035 – Snowmobiles dedicated to on-hill transportation49 – The number of newspapers that covered Winter X Games Nine500 – The length, in feet, of the superpipe at Buttermilk.628,300 – The prize purse, in dollars, for the entire Winter X Games 10.Aspen, Colorado


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