After four intense days, the 2014 Winter X Games have left as quickly as they arrived.
The customary show closer of the men's SuperPipe brought the games to an end. It was a little different this year, as X Games star Shaun White skipped these games to focus his training on the Olympics, but there were still plenty of aerial exploits and amazing tricks on hand.
Iouri Podladtchikov entered the final with the highest score from the preliminary round. After he failed to get a clean landing on his patented Yolo Flip in the final, however, he was relegated to sixth place.
That worked out well for Danny Davis. He posted a 95 on his second run and watched that score hold up all the way through.
This was the first X Games gold for the veteran boarder. As Andrew Wappel of 93X HAMS noted, the 25-year-old had made no secret of his desire to land gold at the X Games:
Davis left bystanders impressed with his style and technical merit, and it was an excellent close to these X Games. Take a look at all the medal winners and then I'll highlight a couple of the other more notable winners.
|Men's Snowboarder X Final|
|Women's Snowboarder X Final|
|Women's Ski SuperPipe Final|
|Snowboard Big Air Final|
|Men's Ski SuperPipe Final|
|Men's Snowboard SlopeStyle|
|Women's Snowboard SlopeStyle|
|Women's Snowboard SuperPipe|
|Ski Big Air|
|Men's Ski SlopeStyle|
|SnowMobile SnoCross Adaptive|
|Snowmobile Long Jump|
|Women's Ski SlopeStyle|
|Snowmobile SnoCross Final|
|Men's Snowboard SuperPipe|
Although the X Games went out on a high note with Davis' exciting and well-earned win on the SuperPipe, that couldn't touch the high point of these games. That came when the very first medal was awarded.
Colten Moore earned the first gold of these X Games with a practically flawless run in Snowmobile Freestyle. This was a wildly popular win by the 25-year-old and it was hard to find a dry eye in the house after his victory.
It was at last year's X Games that Colten's older brother, Caleb, came up short on an attempted back flip and died one week later as a result of the injuries. This provided an emotionally charged scene and a lot of people were pulling for Moore.
Colten's dad was on hand to help him celebrate his victory and honor his brother.
Moore's win was not a sentimental token either. He dominated and beat second-place Joe Parsons by five points.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
The profile of Slopestyle has been on a steady rise and a couple of big reasons why are the excellence of Canadian Mark McMorris as well as Shaun White's attempts to extend his success into this event.
With White not attending these games, that rivalry didn't get to add another chapter, but the one between McMorris and fellow Canadian Max Parrot was taken up a notch. Parrot edged out McMorris by less than a point on the heels of this fantastic run:
While McMorris has been nearly flawless over the past few years on his Slopestyle runs, that didn't extend to his third run in this competition.
Check out McMorris' rare crash:
I can't believe he still landed that! He also still left the mountain with silver.
The glory of gold belongs to Parrot, however, and now these two will get ready for Sochi.