Our on site X Games blogger, Michael, gives his update on Day 1:
The X Games are unique in many ways, but really makes them stand apart from team sports is how they showcase how hard one individual has worked to get to where they are. That thought crossed my mind yesterday as I walked by a young child watching Snowboard SlopeStyle eliminations and asked his dad, can I do that? The simple answer is yes, and that is the beauty of watching these amazing athletes who have spent the time individually perfecting their craft.
We could not have asked for better weather yesterday, with bluebird skies and great energy to kick off the first full day in Aspen. The crowds were having a great time checking out some of the ski industries new gear along with other activity areas full of music, art, and free swag. As people shuttled down to Buttermilk Mountain yesterday they had their choice of Men’s and Women’s Snowboarder X, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle elimination, Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe elimination, and Freestyle Snowmobiling.
This being my first year at the Winter X Games I am blown away at how massive the courses are, and the airtime the competitors get throughout their runs. There were some highlights throughout the day including Torstein Horgmo, who has never taken home a medal at X, claimed first in Snowboarder SlopeStyle. Also, the young SuperPipe Snowboarder from Switzerland, Iouri Podladtchikov, made himself the one to beat this year.
However, the true highlight of yesterday was a story that had been building since last year at Winter X. During the 2013 Freestyle Snowmobile competition last year, two brothers, Caleb and Colten Moore were competing when everything went wrong. Caleb took a stomach dropping crash, but walked away with what seemed to be a solid daze. Then, to everyone’s shock, he died after arriving at the hospital. Colten, who was also injured in the competition, met his brother at the hospital and was there for the loss. This marked the first death in X Games history.
When Colten went out on the course last night I could feel the emotion that was sweeping through the crowd. People were tearing up before the competition even began. They knew how powerful this night was for Colten, and the 60 friends and family that were here from Colten’s hometown to support him made that very clear. Representing his brother’s old number, 31, Colten put on what was amazing show for all to see. With his brother Caleb watching down on him, it was announced that Colten would be taking home the Gold Medal in Freestyle Snowmobiling; a true win for him, his family, and the X Games community.
Here is the post competition interview with Colten:
Here is a link to the results for all events that have happened so far.