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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Memorable moments of X


The hangover of Winter X Games 15 is upon us. Just when you get used to the conflicting sounds of snowmobilers revving their engines and people shouting in megaphones from every tent in the sponsor village, the 24-7 constant chaos is over. So as we head back into a regular week of snowboarding in Aspen, here are a few of the memorable moments.

Revenge of the rookies: Winter X Games 15 was the year of the rookie. First-time competitors Sebastien Toutant and Enni Rukajarvi both took home X Games gold in Slopestyle, showing the world the caliber of up-and-comers and reminding us the power and possibility of your first try.

Kelly Clark's 1080: Kelly Clark's huge frontside 1080 and third X Games win is quite possibly the most memorable moment of X. Stomping that trick with authority and perfect precision, Clark has yet again changed the face of women's snowboarding and opened the door to what's possible.

Four-peats: Is anyone surprised Shaun White that did it? In classic White fashion, tight leather pants and all, he laid down a near-perfect run in the SuperPipe, continuing his domination of men's halfpipe and proving once again that he's way ahead of the competition. Lindsey Jacobellis came away with her seventh X Games gold and a four-peat of her own in women's Boarder X.

Men's Snowboard X upset: What was slated to be a battle between two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott and five-time X Games winner Nate Holland turned into fellow Olympian Nick Baumgartner's moment of glory. Baumgartner, a 2010 Olympian, put together the performance of a lifetime, taking charge of the course from the moment the gate dropped until the last jump claiming his first X Games gold medal. As if that wasn't sweet enough, he carried his 9-year-old son around on his shoulders and let the world know that even the most badass of Snowboard X competitors are really sweethearts too.

Triple cork madness: Torstein Horgmo pulled out all the stops in men's Snowboard Big Air. After crashing on his first two attempts, Horgmo landed the first triple cork in competition.

Method Contest: Bringing together legends, rookies and current contenders, Friday night's Method Contest was hands down one of the coolest things Winter X has ever done. Having the opportunity to see 1998 and 2002 Olympian Ross Powers and 2010 Olympian Scotty Lago stand on the same podium is a snowboarding fan's dream. Amazing.