Day 2 of the Winter X Games was an evening that included the youngest female winner in the event's history and a backflip that will be on the highlight reel for years to come.
Here's a breakdown of the action in Aspen on Friday.
|2016 Winter X Games Results—Day 2|
|Women's Snowboard Slopestyle||Spencer O'Brien||91.00|
|Women's Ski Slopestyle||Kelly Sildaru||93.00|
|Snowmobile Freestyle||Joe Parsons||90.00|
|Women's Ski SuperPipe||Maddie Bowman||89.00|
|Snowboard Big Air Final||Max Parrot||93.00|
Kelly Sildaru is 13 years old. She's also now a winner in the X Games.
The young teenager from Estonia became the youngest female ever to win a gold medal, winning the women's ski slopestyle, highlighted by a first-run score of 93. Sildaru finished ahead of Tiril Sjastad Christiansen (21 years old) and Johanne Killi (18 years old).
But it was the youngest of the three who made the biggest impression, and David Krause of the Denver Post snapped this photo via Twitter:
David Krause @DavidKrause
13YO Kelly Sildaru in middle wearing #xgames gold for Estonia. https://t.co/bT9kCWmwxu1/29/2016, 9:23:55 PM
Sildaru also got some love from her home country from some important people. Estonia Prime Minister Taavi Roivas sent out his support to Sildaru on Twitter:
Taavi Rõivas @TaaviRoivas
This is how we ski in Estonia: https://t.co/PUMtdB0cPG #goKelly #XGames #proud #NewNordic1/29/2016, 8:57:11 PM
Friday was also a day of firsts for the X Games, especially in the women's division. Spencer O'Brien, at 27 years old, won her first X Games gold medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle with a score of 91 in her second run.
The Canadian edged out 10-time medalist Jamie Anderson and 15-year-old Hailey Langland to win her first- ever medal, and the X Games tweeted this after the event:
X Games @XGames
“Ever since I was a little girl, #XGames gold was all I wanted.”-Spencer O’Brien https://t.co/dqTrZhmBw01/29/2016, 6:22:11 PM
But the trick of the night came in the snowmobile freestyle, courtesy of Joe Parsons, who took home the gold in the event, his 15th of all time. Parsons' backflip was more than enough to win the gold over Heath Frisby (87.66) and Brett Turcotte (86.66).
Parsons scored a 90 in his first run, and it was because of this crazy backflip, with footage courtesy of the X Games. Notice not just the backflip, but also how Parsons reversed his seating arrangement while coming down:
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Joe Parsons just blew our minds! #XGames https://t.co/kk2fuENMMc1/30/2016, 12:42:22 AM
Maddie Bowman also put an emphatic stamp on her day in the women's ski SuperPipe, capturing her fourth straight gold medal in Aspen. She's the first American to ever win four straight X Games gold medals, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Bowman's third run of 89 was her best score, but it's not where she recorded her top highlight. She recorded the first-ever switch 900 in competition history, according to U.S. Freeskiing, and she edged out Ayana Onozuka and Annalisa Drew to win that gold.
The snowboard big air event was almost an All-Canada podium. Max Parrot took home the gold after his best two runs equaled a 93, knocking off defending champion and fellow Canadian Mark McMorris who finished second in the event.
Day 3 in Aspen will begin at 1 p.m. ET with the Mono Skier X semifinals and finals, followed by the men's snowboard slopestyle final. History has been made through the first two days, and with more medals to be given out Saturday, more records could break.
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