For fans of Shaun White (who isn’t?), Sunday night was a great night. The “Flying Tomato” blew his competition off the powder in Sunday’s Superpipe final, clinching a sixth consecutive gold medal in the most popular Winter X-Games event. Due to injury and illness, his toughest competition was out of the mix, allowing an easy run toward gold. White put together two stellar runs, scoring a 95 and a 98, before enjoying a victory run to finish out the competition and the 2013 event.
White’s six gold streak was impressive, but it wasn’t the most impressive streak that continued over the weekend. Tucker Hibbert — the king of contemporary of snowcross — scored a seventh straight gold medal, making his fellow competitors look like amateurs. He lapped a series of riders in the snowcross final, defeating the silver medal sled by more than 11 seconds. Neither White or Hibbert show any signs of slowing down. It should be very fun to see how long they can keep these impressive streaks intact.
With all of the great moments and spectacular highlights, the biggest stories at X-Games Aspen were the injuries. On Friday, we featured a post on Caleb Moore‘s emergency heart surgery (heart contusion), following his crash in Thursday’s snowmobile freestyle. The residual effects of the injury have caused additional health complications with his brain, and Caleb has remains in ICU. According to family, he is in stable condition.
On Sunday, it was a bad day to be a Battersby. Two female slopestyle skiers were injured in a strange twist of ironic fate. Rose Battersby crashed during the warm-up for the women’s final and, after a long delay, she was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and diagnosed with a spinal fracture. The medical professionals reported that she was able to move and had feeling in all extremities. The ESPN crew didn’t capture footage of her warm-up crash, but a fan captured the moment, shot from a distance.
Less than an hour later, Ashley Battersby (no relation to Rose), crashed on her third and final run. Her leg buckled on a hard landing, and she slid off the course, crashing into the safety fence. She was also transported off the mountain to the hospital.
Icelandic snowboarder Halldor Helgason took the cake on Friday with the most epic crash on the slopes — and potentially the most rock-solid balls of the Aspen competition. During the snowboard Big Air competition, Helgason let his adrenalin get the best of him, and he went for too much on his final jump. Consequently, he landed on his face. Seriously, his face hits the ground first, after flying over 100 feet through the air. He was diagnosed with a concussion, after losing consciousness. He couldn’t remember what happened, but he’ll always have this video as a reminder.
And, finally, in the category of WTF!? (Because Jackson Strong really had no business being in this competition in the first place — he had a sum total of four hours on a snowmobile) This one speaks for itself. Strong wasn’t hurt in the failed attempt at his “best trick,” but a member of the crowd was.