Sweden’s Daniel Bodin has competed in every SMB Freestyle competition at the Winter X Games. Each time, he’s left with only his helmet in his hand, finishing fourth in all four years the competition has been held at WX.
This year was different. Bodin, with access to Levi Levallee’s equipment and facilities, got to hone his skills to the next level.
Using crazy tricks like the Kiss of Death, Bodin got to kiss the gold, at long last. He now stands at the top of the Snowmobile Freestyle world.
Daniel Bodin just had the ride of his life, posting a 91.33 score, and was ready to end his string of fourth-place finishes. Defending champ Justin Hoyer knew he had to put in a killer run at the end of the finals.
Hoyer was valiant, but could only manage a 91.00.
Not only did Bodin make the podium, he topped it.
During the elimination round, Bodin finished second, by only 0.003 points, to Hoyer. Then, he finished second again to Hoyer in the first set of heats.
In the semifinal, Bodin kicked it up and won his heat. Then he went on to his first WX championship.
Caleb Moore took the bronze.
After a disappointing performance in the 2010 WX, Sarah Burke returned in 2011 to show them who’s best at Women’s Superpipe.
The sexy Canadian came in with the highest degree of difficulty and didn’t disappoint the crowd; Burke’s 91.33 was more than five points better than her nearest competitor. She amped all the way up to nearly 11 feet and tricked with the precision of a champ.
Burke was appreciative on her Twitter, saying, “So thankful, lucky, blessed and grateful. People, friends, family and fans. #smiling.”
American Brita Sigourney surprised everyone with a great second-place finish. Roz Groenewoud was the second Canuck on the podium, winning a bronze medal.
Montrealler Kaya Turski had some huge shoes to fill...her own, after recording the largest-ever score by a man or woman (96.66) in Ski Slopestyle at last year’s WX.
She came out hard in her first run of the finals, putting up a big 93.66. Then, she had to wait; as all three rounds played out, the scores were getting close.
But none could eclipse Turski, who took gold and is now a back-to-back champ.
Turski excitedly tweeted, “Got the gold today, so stoked!! Tough comp, props to all the girls who totally killed it!!!”
American Keri Herman grabbed the silver medal, with a 93.33. And perennial medalist Grete Eliassen snatched the bronze.
The Norwegian happily rocked a Dougie in celebration.