Winter X Games Has Drama – Repeat Winner – Injuries – Out Of Control Snowmobile [VIDEOS]
White wins 6th straight Winter X superpipe title, plus lots more action on the snow in Aspen!Shaun White made this one look rather easy as he cruised to his sixth straight snowboard superpipe crown at the Winter X Games in Aspen on Sunday night.
His top rival, Iouri Podladtchikov, dropped out because of an illness. Instead, White’s biggest challenger was 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano, who became the youngest athlete ever to medal at Winter X when he took silver. Hirano, of Japan, just might be the future of snowboarding — once White relinquishes control, of course. Markus Malin of Finland was third.
These days, White’s biggest competition may just be, well, from himself. And even his own performances are getting more and more difficult to top. Last year, White earned a perfect 100 on his final run. He tried the same basic series of tricks this time and scored only 98
2 slopestyle skiers hurt in crashes at Winter X Games
Two slopestyle skiers were taken off the course on a sled in a crash-marred event Sunday at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Rose Battersby of New Zealand sustained a lumbar spine fracture during a wipeout in practice. She was transferred to Denver for more evaluation, but was moving and had feeling in all extremities, according to X Games officials.
On her third and final run, Ashley Battersby, who’s not related to Rose, crashed on the course and slid into the retaining fence. Battersby was taken to a hospital with a knee injury.
Three-time defending champion Kaya Turski waited at the top of the course for more than 30 minutes as officials attended to Ashley Battersby of Chicago.
Turski wound up second as 17-year-old Tiril Sjastad Christiansen of Norway ended her reign. (AP)
Snowmobiler has complication after Winter X crash
Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore has had a “secondary complication involving his brain” after a crash at the Winter X Games led to bleeding around his heart.
The Moore family released a statement Sunday, but provided no further details, saying only that the rider “continues to be monitored in ICU.”
The 25-year-old was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump. He went over the handlebars and the heavy sled rolled over him. He walked off the course with help and was transported to a hospital with a concussion.
While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery Friday.
His younger brother, Colten, also crashed in the competition and was taken to the hospital with a separated pelvis.
Fan hurt when runaway snowmobile heads into crowd
A young fan was hurt when a runaway snowmobile veered into the crowd at the Winter X Games after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong.
The teenager was transported to a hospital Sunday night with a right knee injury. It’s not clear whether he was hurt getting out of the way or was hit by the sled.
Snowmobiler Jackson Strong tumbled off the snowmobile during the best trick competition. He and his sled landed hard on the snow. The throttle stuck on the 450-pound machine and it went straight toward the crowd — sending fans scurrying out of the way.
The snowmobile came to a rest when it got tangled up in the retaining fence.
Jeremy Bester, of Prior Lake, Minn., quickly applied the brakes to keep it from moving. (AP)