X Files: X marks the spot
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – Colten Moore won the Winter X Games Snowmobile Freestyle competition Thursday night at Buttermilk Mountain with a winning heat of 93.66. The run came after he took an epic spill in his first heat where he lost a hold of his snowmobile mid-air and went flying, head first, into the landing. He was able to walk off the course and even imitated the crash as he flew through the air, waving and spinning his arms.
Moore would celebrate his winning run atop a large jump in front of fans and struck the now-famous “Tebowing” pose.
Moore’s brother Caleb took third in the same competition.
In other action:
• There was a brief memorial Thursday night at Buttermilk after the Winter X Games Snowmobile Freestyle competition and before the men’s ski slopestyle competition for skier Sarah Burke, who died Jan. 19. The lights of the superpipe were darkened while her friends drifted down inside the halfpipe holding candles. The skiers and snowboarders met Burke’s family members, who waited for the candle-bearers.
X Games host Sal Masekela said during the broadcast that Burke is the reason the X Games has the women’s superpipe event as well as the next winter Olympics.
“When you met Sarah,” Masekela said, “you had a friend for life.”
• Sources say snowboarder Shaun White has rented out the Sardy House on Main Street in Aspen for his stay during the X Games. The sides of the house have been lit up in red.
White reaggravated an ankle injury Thursday during men’s snowboard superpipe practice but is expected to compete in both the men’s slopestyle event and the superpipe event.
• After his press conference, men’s ski slopestyle gold medal winner Tom Wallisch asked reporters, “Where is Nas?” The rapper Nas performed Thursday night at Belly Up Aspen. Wallisch also said that he planned on eating at McDonald’s in celebration, which has become his winning tradition.
“Can we go to the Belly Up?” Wallisch asked.
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