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It might be surprising to some that snow sports weren't the first love of two-time X Games snowmobiling gold medalist Daniel Bodin of Sweden. Bodin learned all the freestyle tricks on a dirt bike first.
|Daniel Bodin wants to break his long-distance snowmobile flip record, extending it to 150 feet.|
Dubbed one of the sport's greatest innovators, he has countless tricks and combinations that his competitors do not do regularly or at all. Pushing the limits and being the top guy is what drives him to be the best he can be. It's not every day that athletes or competitors decide to set a goal that most certainly will result in serious injury if it's done wrong, and then tackle it head on. Knowing you're going to fail many times before you get it right is tough and for most people, something they're not willing to do.
This doesn't seem to be an issue for Bodin, although as he was given access back in 2011 to Red Bull-sponsored and long-distance record holder Levi LaVallee's foam pit in Longville, Minn. This is where the story gets good, being the innovator Bodin is, he decided he was going to do the first front flip on a snowmobile.
Unfortunately, after getting it dialed into the foam pit and hitting a few last jumps before taking it to the snow, a training accident Jan. 14 left him with a fractured vertebra that caused him to miss the 2012 Winter X Games. It was very disappointing because he would not be able to defend his Freestyle and Best Trick gold medals from 2011 and he couldn't prove what an innovator he was after conquering a trick that had never been done before. Instead, Heath Frisby landed the first front flip on a snowmobile at Winter X Games Aspen 2012.
While it's snowing back in his home of Sweden, Bodin is out staying with Jimmy Fitzpatrick in Southern California and getting back to his FMX roots. After a recent ride I had a chance to get to know Bodin, who also has a Winter Games snowmobile best trick silver medal 2010, and learn more about how he's made it to this point flipping dirt bikes and snowmobiles for a living.
ESPN.com: You got hurt back in January practicing for Winter X Games, what happened?
Front flips on Snowmobiles?
That's gnarly! Was this when you were up at Levi LaVallee's practicing in his foam pit?
|Daniel Bodin, jumping earlier this year at the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams in Yerevan, Armenia, started out in FMX before jumping snowmobiles.|
I read a quote that said you are like "the Travis Pastrana of innovation for snowmobiles."
Back to your long distance back flip record which you set in 2008, tell me a little bit about that? How far did you go?
We want to put it on the map, though, and build a kicker where it's more of an official take-off, landing gap that's measurable for an official record.
Speaking of flipping, how is it bouncing back and forth between flipping snowmobiles and flipping dirt bikes?
What came first, riding moto or snow?
|Daniel Bodin has three X Games medals, including gold in Snowmobile Best Trick at Winter X Games 15 in 2011.|