Winter X Games 2014: Most Surprising Performances from Aspen

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 27, 2014

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 23:  Colten Moore gestures skyward as he celebrates with the gold medal after winning the snowmobile freestyle finals at Winter X-Games 2014 Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain on January 23, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. Moore's brother Caleb Moore died as a result of injuries from a snowmobile accident at Winter X Games 2013.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Shaun White may not have been there, but the 2014 Winter X Games featured some incredibly exciting events in Aspen, including a few surprises.

Over four days, there were flawless runs, devastating slip-ups and truly inspirational moments. Some contenders came in and took care of business as expected, but some that weren't projected to do much came away with some medals.

Let's take a look at some of the most surprising performances from this year's X Games, breaking down what made them so special.


Danny Davis, SuperPipe

With White out of the men's snowboard SuperPipe, the event was open for any rider to take. Danny Davis ended up being that rider, as he came away with a terrific run to give him the gold medal. He posted a strong 95.00 in the second round that ended up being the best score in the whole event.

Davis shared his thoughts on the win with Colin Bane of

"I can't believe it really," said Davis, who set himself apart with rare and stylish technical tricks like a huge switch method and tweaked-out McTwist, as well as the double cork spins that have become standard in this event. "I'm going to ride this switch method train as long as it will last."

"It's bittersweet when Shaun's not here -- you know, he's the one to beat -- but forget it, I'll take it," Davis said.

Not only was this the first gold medal that Davis has ever won at the X Games, it's the only medal he's ever won at this event. Since 2006, Davis had never even finished better than 12th in the SuperPipe.

At 25 years old, Davis will be representing the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi. Considering his lack of success in this event in prior years, winning the gold at the X Games was a big surprise.


Maggie Voisin, Women's Ski Slopestyle

The women's ski Slopestyle event featured some of the more interesting stories from the weekend. Kaya Turski, who had torn her ACL just five months before the X Games, found a way to come back and compete like she usually does, earning her fourth career gold medal in the X Games.

However, the bigger surprise from the event came from Maggie Voisin. At just 15 years old, she found a way to win the silver medal with a best score of 90.00, making her the youngest skier in X Games history to win a medal.

Voisin started with a strong 88.00 on her first run, but then pulled out a 90.00 in the second. She didn't have the best final run, but still posted a respectable 72.66. That kind of consistency says a lot about a skier, and for Voisin to do it at just 15 years old is quite the accomplishment.

What's next for Maggie? She'll be heading to Sochi as well as a member of the U.S. freeskiing team, showing that age doesn't really matter.


Colten Moore, Snowmobile Freestyle

There are few moments in sports that are truly inspiring, but what Colten Moore did in this year's X Games will be remembered for a very long time.

With a nearly flawless first run, Moore was able to score a 91.33. That ended up easily being the highest score in the event, with Joe Parsons pulling off an 86.33 on his second run to earn the silver medal.

While the run was impressive itself, the context behind it made the event a truly memorable one.

In last year's X Games, Colten's brother Caleb was participating in this same event. Sadly, he came up short on an attempted backflip and was injured in the accident, dying one week later.

For Colten, this was an opportunity to win the gold for his brother. He did just that, making it the most emotional and memorable moment from the 2014 X Games.