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    Winter X-Games 15 - Freestyle Final, Speed & Style Final and Snocross Practice

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Sunday, January 30, 2011

    Story and Photos by Stephen W Clark

     

    Winter X-Games 15 has been amazing so far. The weather in Aspen has been incredible with perfectly blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The competition has also been fantastic with close results in both Freestyle and Speed & Style.

     

    FreeStyle


    Friday's Freestyle event brought some amazing rides from the talented athletes. All the runs in the finals were impressive but it was Daniel Bodins run that included a huge Seat Grab Backflip that impressed the judges the most and earned him his first X-Games Gold Medal.

    Gold - Daniel Bodin 91.33

    Silver - Justin Hoyer 91.00

    Bronze - Caleb Moore 90.00

    Here is the video of Bodin's Seat Grab Backflip

     

    Speed & Style


    The Speed & Style contest pitched the top freestyle riders against a couple of snocross racers on a course made up of a big freestyle jump and a snocross track. What made this contest so interesting was that the freestyle guys obviously had a big advantage over the ramp but they didnt have the speed to match the racers in the snocross section. Speed & Style is scored on time through the course and points for freestyle on the ramp.

    Frisby, Bodin, Parsons and Davis made it through to the finals. Frisby proved to be really quick through the snocross section as did Snocross racer Cory Davis, Parson was looking quick also but Bodin seemed to be struggling in the snocross section. But with Bodin already winning a Gold Medal in Freestyle he obviously had the skills to get a bunch of points in freestyle.

    The Semi-Finals pitched the very evenly matched in both Freestyle and Snocross riders of Frisby and Parsons against each other. And the superquick Davis against the expert freestyler Bodin.

    Frisby took an early lead against Parsons but Parsons soon passed him back. Both riders flipped on every ramp jump making for a very exciting run. But it was Parsons who took the win with an overall score of 93.59 taking the Gold with Frisby getting the Silver.

    “It hugely important,” Parsons said of his snocross background. “(Heath) Frisby has the wildest tricks and I am up there a little bit, but it is a conglomerate of my speed and tricks that got me the gold.”

    Bodin was no match for Davis in the other final to decide the Bronze medal but Bodin was more impressive over the ramps. Davis scored an incredible 100.48 based on his speed.

     

    Snocross


    The snocross and adaptive snocross athletes took to the course on Saturday for practice before Sunday's finals. The course crew had built a wicked track that had some enormous doubles and a big sweeping Nascar style first turn. The riders spent the practice sessions dialing in their set-ups and figuring out the course, no times were posted today so we don't know how anyone is doing. But you can bet money on Hibbert, Martin and Turcotte being near the front in tomorrows races. But as Tucker said in a pre-race interview on Friday "there is always somebody who surprises you especially at X-Games...you can't count anyone out".

    In Adaptive Snocross the riders looked to be figuring out the course and their adaptive machines well. Mike Shultz looked really fast on his Ski-Doo and Doug Henry was there with his newly adapted Yamaha Nytro. It is really cool to see these injured athletes back out their again and it should make for some interesting racing.

     

     

     

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