Two days ago, while practicing for the Killington Dew Tour slopestyle final, Bobby Brown clipped a stray piece of plastic on a box feature, sending him airborne. He landed square on the box with his back and spent the rest of the day in the medical center, doubting he'd be able to compete Sunday.
Not only did he compete, Brown won the event, gaining yet another shot of confidence as he prepares to defend his slopestyle crown at Winter X 15.
His victory came in dramatic fashion: He overcame a rare first-run crash on a double cork 1260 (which left him sprawled in a heap on the snow, one ski halfway up the transition) to overtake Elias Ambuhl on the day's final run.
"My dad's here, my agent, Jaimeson [Keegan], and my buddy Banks [Gilberti] -- they were all like, 'Yo, you got this, you got this, dude,'" Brown said. "So I just chilled and sat with them and relaxed. I had a clear mind and just went for it. I went bigger on the second jump so I had more time to do the double 12."
Brown, 19, was also flawless on his rails and sandwiched two other technical double flips -- a switch dub rodeo 9 and a switch rightside dub cork 9 -- around his 12. His score of 93.75 was two points better than Ambuhl, 18, a Swiss skier who lives in a Breckenridge hotel for much of the winter and trains with Brown.
Rural Indiana native Nick Goepper, 16, made it an all-teenager podium with the best finish of his career.