Levi LaVallee won gold during a brutal competition, that included several riders crashing, in the X-Games Snowmobile Freestyle Final at Aspen, Colo. Thursday night. LaVallee's combinations, included a kiss-of-death flip.
LaVallee overtook Parsons by three-tenths of a point on his final 75-second run. Parsons finished with the silver, and Justin Hoyer won the bronze.
"I feel terrible about the accidents that happened," said LaVallee to X-Games.
LaVallee's win came win after a two-year hiatus.
Parsons threw in a cordova flip and a gator wrestler during his combinations to post a score of 88.66 points, which held up against everybody except LaVallee.
Caleb Moore, last years bronze winner, under-rotated an indy air backflip. His skis tips gouged the snow, throwing Moore face-first his sled crashed down on him.
Caleb's brother, Colten Moore, was there as the concussed when he got to his feet, waved to the crowd, and walked off the course to be transported for further medical evaluation.
LaVallee's former teammate Daniel Bodin had mechanical problems during his first run which ended with a crash off the 100-foot jump. Bodin tumbled hard but jumped right to his feet and instantly started inspecting his snowmobile.
Colten Moore over-rotated on the same jump, came down hard on his hip, and was taken off the course on a gurney.
Heath Frisby had to bow out with mechanical difficulties after crashing two of his snowmobiles during practice.