The 2013 X Games are underway, and the 16th installment in one of the sport's biggest events did not disappoint in action or quality on Thursday night.
Legendary snowboarder Shaun White was raring and ready to get things underway in Aspen, Col., but teenage phenom Mark McMorris is ready to crash the party, as evidenced by each rider's performance in qualifying stages for the Slopestyle elimination.
McMorris finished first, while White stayed above the Mendoza line with a seventh-place finish in the event. The Flying Tomato will have to pick it up to win the gold in this one, but he had plenty of room for comfort in his other qualifying event of the day—SuperPipe qualifying—where he finished second.
Elsewhere, Levi LaVallee took home the gold in a surprising win in the Snowmobile Freestyle final, while David Wise defended his championship with a strong first-place qualifying run in the skiing SuperPipe.
Needless to say, it was a jam-packed Thursday.
Here are the best tweets from day one of the action.
Twitter Reaction From Thursday Night
ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" posted maybe the most popular stat from the X Games with this tweet, involving sport legend White:
If you find yourself bored over the weekend and want to impress friends with a cool game, you should try this one out from Snowboarder Perks (Note: For viewers 21-and-up only):
X Games drinking game twitter.com/snowboardperks…— Snowboarder Perks (@snowboardperks) January 25, 2013
Green Bay Packers role player Tom Crabtree had the X Games on his television screen on Thursday. He loved the snowmobile event where a young participant got to steal the show:
That 3 month old baby driving a snowmobile at the X-Games was pretty cool.— Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83) January 25, 2013
Meme tweeter Peyton's [Manning] Head had a scary moment—as did the rest of the world—during Caleb Moore's run at the Snowmobile Freestyle finals:
Ken Tremendous wasn't ready to give up his night for the action:
3849. Buying picture frame. 3850. Changing batteries in flashlight. 3851. The X-Games. 3852. Scotch tape. (List of most exciting things.)— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 24, 2013
However, with White around the facility, there is no doubt people will want to tune in. He even found time to tweet during the final event of the evening:
One of the big storylines in this year's event is the competition between White and McMorris, and whether or not the younger phenom can supplant the sport's star in this year's event. He's off to a good start, as noted by fellow snowboarder Jeff Batchelor:
#slopeshowdown McMorris 4 president.— Jeff Batchelor (@JeffBatch) January 24, 2013
As Wise noted after his run, he'll have the favorable position of going last in the finals of his Superpipe event.
Lars Lewis of WBNY Buffalo noted how strange the Snowmobile Freestyle finals were:
Man bodies flying everywhere in snowmobile freestyle. Caleb Moore, Danny Bodin, now Colten Moore all slamming in their first run. #XGames— Lars Lewis (@larslewis12) January 25, 2013
Nascarcasm will take us home with this one:
Watching Winter @xgames - because in no other sport will you hear the play-by-play guy use the word "gnarly."— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) January 25, 2013
It was a successful first day for the extreme sport that many fans have come to know and love.
There are still three days left of intense action, so make sure you tune in until the X Games conclude on Jan. 27.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team. Check him out on Twitter.