James Takes Back Gold in Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe; Beaulieu-Marchand Adds Second Silver Medal of Weekend in Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle; Adelberg Defends Gold in Snow Bike Best Trick
The final day of competition at X Games Aspen 2019 saw 43,000 spectators witness the grand finale of events, including Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle, Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, fan-favorite Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe and Snow Bike Best Trick. Weather could not have been better with sunny skies and mild temperatures affording the international field of athletes optimal conditions to progress their respective sports.
Jeep Ski Slopestyle opened the day with American Alex Hall earning his first X Games medal with gold. Already in the lead, Hall bettered his score on the last run with a technical rail section into a leftside 1260, switch rightside double cork 1260 for a 95.66. Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand added his second silver medal of the event and Norwegian Ferdinand Dahl rounded out the podium with bronze — his first X Games medal.
In the second year of Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, the racers sped up the face of the Big Air jump as the sun set over Buttermilk Mountain. Though hillclimb athletes don’t often race on snow, Logan Mead showed his versatility, walking away with his first X Games gold. Last year’s winner, Travis Whitlock took the silver medal and Jake Anstett took third.
After having to settle for a silver medal in 2018, even though he landed an astonishing 98.00 scoring run, Scotty James earned his second gold medal and fourth overall X Games medal. James earned a 94.00 on his second run that included a switch backside double cork 1080, backside double cork 1260, cab 1080 and a frontside double cork 1260. That second run score held, leaving him to take a victory lap down the deck of the pipe, high fiving fans along the way. In his first X Games appearance, 17 year old Yuto Totsuka took home the silver medal with a 90.00. X Games veteran Danny Davis earned a podium spot for the first time since 2015, winning bronze with an 83.66.
Australian Rob Adelberg defended his gold medal in Snow Bike Best Trick with a trick similar to the one he landed last year — The High Roller. After winning the first-ever Snow Bike Best Trick gold last year, Adelberg went on to win five medals between X Games Aspen, Minneapolis and Sydney — making him the only athlete in history to collect five X Games medals in the same calendar year. Snowmobile freestyle silver medalist Brett Turcotte added his second silver medal of the event, and Ethen Roberts took bronze.
Adam Barker was announced as the winner of the X Games ZOOM Photography Contest, with his photo of skier Julian Carr in his signature swan-dive front flip. Voted by fans via XGames.com, the Salt Lake City-based photographer won $10,000 and an X Games gold medal for the surreal image.
And with that, the 24th edition of ESPN’s annual winter action sports competition, X Games Aspen 2019, is officially wrapped. Over the four day event, 117,000 people passed through the gates to watch the best action sports athletes from around the globe compete in a total of 21 events on six custom built courses at the base of Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, where they were treated to not only the most progressive competition in all of action sports, but daily live music and the interactive X Fest. Stay tuned to XGames.com for information and events leading towards X Games Minneapolis 2019 held August 1-4, 2019.
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