Snowmobiler pulls off double back flip " sort of |

Snowmobiler pulls off double back flip " sort of

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Snowmobile rider, Levi LaVallee, of Longville, Minn. uses his hand to explain the dynamics of a jump during a press conference at the 13th Winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski area, near Aspen, Colo. on Wednesday, Jan., 21, 2009. LaVallee will attempt a double back flip with his snowmobile during this weekend's competition. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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ASPEN ” Snowmobiler Levi LaVallee followed through with his plan to attempt the double back flip at the Winter X Games in Aspen, landing the stunt ” sort of.

He performed the impressive trick flawlessly, but fell off his 450-pound Polaris upon hitting the snow.

Still, it counts in his mind ” and those around the country ” making him part of X Games lore. His good friend, Travis Pastrana, performed a similar stunt on a motorbike.

“It was pretty gnarly,” LaVallee said.

However, Dane Ferguson won the next trick competition since he landed on his snowmobile, which is part of the criteria.

Not bad for a new sled.

“Only rode it around the parking lot a couple of times,” Ferguson said.

LaVallee was stressing over the trick he’s been planning for around a month. The landing aside, the double back flip went off without a hitch.

“I definitely was scared, but I think I had come to grips with that and I was going for it regardless ” whatever happened was going to happen,” he said. “I’m still walking.”

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