After three glorious days of intense action at the 2014 Winter X Games, the big event is getting finished with a flurry on Day 4.
With only the men's snowboard superpipe final remaining, it's time for a wrap-up of the early events, which began early with the men's ski slopestyle final and ended with the snowmobile snocross final.
Some of the athletes who competed and won in Aspen will now prepare to travel to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics. One person who has long been a fixture at the X Games, snowboarder Shawn White, chose to sit this round out as he prepares for those Games.
His absence hasn't detracted from the phenomenal performances from those competing, however. Here's a rundown of what went down on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Men's Ski Slopestyle Final
Nick Goepper saved his best for last, posting a sick run that earned him 95 points on his third and final attempt at the slopestyle course at Aspen. As pointed out by ESPN Freeskiing, which shows video of the sweet run, Goepper became the first repeat winner since 2004:
McRae Williams (92.66) finished in second place, while Andreas Hatveit (90.33) rounded out the top three.
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Afterward, Goepper excitedly talked about the upcoming Olympic Games in an ESPN interview (via David Woods of the Indy Star), which will feature slopestyle for the first time, "It's going to be crazy. Definitely keep your eyes open and wake up at 2 in the morning to watch the show."
Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final
Nobody could compete with Mike Schultz in the SnoCross Adaptive Final on Sunday.
Finishing the challenging course in a time of four minutes, 36.557 seconds, Schultz smoked his competition by over 13 seconds, winning his fourth gold in a row in this event at the X Games, per TXM Sports:
Garrett Goodwin finished in second place, well back, and Doug Henry came in third, over 18 seconds behind the leader.
With his gold, Schultz has now accumulated seven career X Games medals—six of which are gold.
Women's Ski SlopeStyle Final
If you needed a reminder that professional athletes are a breed apart from normal human beings, look no further than Kaya Turski, who won the gold medal in this women's ski slopestyle final just five months after ACL surgery.
The X Games has the replay of her fabulous winning run, which earned her 91.33 points:
"It's been a crazy week. It's been a crazy journey," Turski said about her first major contest after getting a revolutionary ACL surgery in August, per Colin Bane of ESPN.com. "I couldn't believe it when I blew my knee five months ago, but here I am. I just tried to keep everything clean, just get my flow back, get it back in the zone, and it paid off."
Maggie Voisin also put together a terrific run, scoring 90 points on her second attempt, and Kim Lamarre finished in third place with a score of 85.
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Monster Energy Snowmobile SnoCross Final
There was to be no upset on this day, as Tucker Hibbert won his seventh consecutive gold medal in this event with a scorching run of 12:27.984 seconds. With the victory, he became the record holder for most consecutive gold medals in Winter X Games history.
After watching Hibbert's performance, pro ATV rider Cody Janssen called him, "most dominant athlete in all of motorsports," via his Twitter account:
Tucker Hibbert is the most dominant athlete in all of motorsports in my opinion. The other guys know that they have no chance. #7peat— Cody Janssen (@codyjanssen25) January 26, 2014
"It means the world, man, it's awesome," Hibbert said, via Bane. "It's a tough race when you're in the lead, and the track was getting pretty gnarly toward the end. ... I'm pumped to have the seven-peat. I get older every year and I just wonder if this is going to keep going. We'll find out next year."
Kody Kamm and Justin Broberg earned silver and bronze medals, but neither rider came close to matching Hibbert's excellence on the track.
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