Levi made his mark as the top freestyle and race snowmobiler at the 2008 Winter X Games, when he pulled down first place in both the Speed & Style and Freestyle events. It was impressive for the 26-year-old, especially considering that he hadn’t started jumping his sled (after recovering from a knee injury) until just a few months before Winter X when a delivery truck dropped off a large, build-it-yourself ramp at his Minnesota home, courtesy of Red Bull.
After training and training and then training some more, Levi showed up in Aspen and dominated the field. When the snow settled, he’d received the honor of Best Male Athlete of the 2008 Winter X Games and two gold medals.
Coming off that success, LaVallee has continued to mature into one of the best snowmobile riders in the world. Since he’s been able to convert intense training into competitive success so fluidly in the past, the regimen of workouts and riding sessions he keeps during the off-season enabled him to make history when he became the first person to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile at Winter X Games 2009.
After soaring more than 50 feet high, he went long on the landing and was thrown from his sled upon impact. The attempt was so tantalizingly close that many people considered it a success, and it garnered worldwide media attention. On the racing front, Levi won the Snocross Pro Stock championship, proving that adding freestyle to his arsenal hasn’t caused him to lose any speed.
In 2010, Levi captured gold in the new Snowmobile Knock Out event, soaring 167 feet and increasing his X Games medal tally to seven -- including four gold. Just a few hours after smashing the existing distance jumping record by 60 feet while testing for the 2010 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event, Levi suffered a crash that put his dreams of jumping live on New Year’s Eve on hold. Broken ribs, punctured lungs and pelvic fractures kept Levi out of action for a few months while he recovered from the incident. But Levi can’t be held down for long: on New Year’s Eve 2011 in San Diego, Levi will attempt to shatter the distance jumping record (his own), which currently stands at 361 feet. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what he will do next!