Nick Goepper made the most of his rookie X Games Aspen appearance in 2012, skiing all the way to a Slopestyle silver medal. Not bad for a guy who didn’t even grow up in a ski town, but rather rural Indiana. He did himself one better on Sunday at X Games Aspen 2013, climbing another rung on the podium to gold.
Goepper’s third run sealed the win, and included a 270 on, pretzel 270 out of the first down rail; a hand drag Japan over the rainbow; a switch 270 on, pretzel out of the down box; and a switch on, switch up, backside 270 out of the flat-gap-to-down box in the upper section of the course.
His jump line featured a left double cork 1080 tailgrab; a right double cork 1260 tailgrab; a switch left double cork Japan; and a switch right double misty 1260 mute grab.
In the Women’s Ski Slopestyle competition, three-time defending gold medalist Kaya Turski ran into some uncharacteristic troubles, going down in her first two runs. Turski, who also holds three gold medals from X Games Tignes, rallied in run three and made her way from last place to the podium, finishing in the silver-medal position.
Snowmobile Best Trick
Daniel Bodin earned two gold medals at X Games Aspen 2011, taking the top spots in both Snowmobile Freestyle and Best Trick. While training for X Games 2012, however, Bodin suffered a broken neck, and doctors were unsure if he’d ever ride again.
Thankfully, with a strong will and drive to get back on the sled, Bodin made a triumphant return on Sunday, throwing a perfect Indian air backflip over a 100-foot gap to reclaim Snowmobile Best Trick gold.
Bodin’s Red Bull teammate Levi LaVallee started X Games Aspen strong with two gold medals in Snowmobile Freestyle and Speed & Style, but withdrew from the remaining events, Best Trick and SnoCross, on Sunday morning after tearing a muscle in practice.
X Games Aspen 2013 - That's a Wrap!
That wraps the latest X Games, with Red Bull athletes leaving Aspen with a total of 14 medals. Next up is X Games Tignes in March, so get yourself out to the slopes and get your shred on, and make sure to check back in with us to see what the world’s greatest ski, snowboard and snowmobile athletes are up to for the rest of the season.
- Browse photos of Red Bull athletes from day one, day two and day three of competition
- McMorris, Yater-Wallace and Dumont earn X Games medals on Friday
- Check out all of our X Games Aspen 2013 coverage here