X Files: Games X’d out
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – Aspen’s Winter X Games 16 had 108,000 people in attendance during the four days of the event. Buttermilk hosted an X Games record on Saturday, funneling in 45,600 people. The games have had more than 1 million visitors over the history of the event.
In other action:
• Aspen’s Sam Ferguson skied his way into the mono skiercross semifinals, which took place Sunday at Buttermilk. He missed competing in the finals after placing sixth. Only the top four finishers advance.
Ferguson was involved in a mountain-bike accident in 1995 on Basalt Mountain that left him a paraplegic. He works as an accountant in Aspen.
Mono skiercross rookie Samson Danniels, of Whistler, British Columbia, took home the gold medal in the event. Gregory Peck, of Wasilla, Alaska, earned silver, and defending champion Josh Dueck finished with bronze.
• Snowmobiler Justin Hoyer suffered injuries while trying to attempt a double back flip in the snowmobile best trick competition. Hoyer had an apparent arm injury, and the event was stalled for about 20 minutes. Hoyer couldn’t finish his second flip, and his sled went nose-first into the landing.
The snowmobile contest arguably provided the weekend’s scariest accidents. On Thursday, Colten Moore lost hold of his snowmobile while in midair and landed on his shoulder. He went on to win gold in the snowmobile freestyle competition.
ESPN reported that Caleb Moore, a snowmobiler and Colten’s brother, competed in Sunday night’s best trick competition with a broken pelvic bone.
Heath Frisby, a snowmobiler from Middleton, Idaho, landed the first-ever front flip on a snowmobile in the best trick competition.
• An American skier was disqualified from the women’s skiercross competition Sunday for wearing a hair band around the cuff of her pant leg. Langely McNeal, of Idaho, would have skied in the finals had she not been disqualified.
French skier Marielle Berger protested McNeal’s hair band, saying that it gave her an unfair advantage by making her more aerodynamic. Berger was awarded a berth in the finals after McNeal was disqualified.
The band McNeal was disqualified for was not one of the bands athletes wore around their arms in memory of Sarah Burke, though McNeal was wearing one of those, too. Burke died Jan. 19 after a skiing accident.
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