The third day of the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, concluded with plenty of highlights and snow. While Saturday may not have seen a trick as incredible as Joey Parsons' seat flip Friday night, spectators were not disappointed with a slate of six exciting events.
Many racers picked up the first medals of their careers while battling heavy snow throughout the night.
Here's a look at the medalists in each event as well some reactions from around the Internet:
|2016 Winter X Games Results: Day 3|
|Mono Skier X||Competitors||Finals Time|
|Men's Snowboard Slopestyle||Competitors||Best Run|
|Coors Light Men's Skier X||Competitors||Finals Time|
|Bronze||Chris Del Bosco||0:49.277|
|Coors Light Women's Skier X||Competitors||Finals Time|
|Intel Men's Snowboard SuperPipe||Competitors||Best Run|
|GoPro Ski Big Air||Competitors||Best 2 Runs|
Sage Kotsenburg may not have placed in the men's snowboard slopestyle, but that didn't stop him from having one of the most creative moves of the night, per the X Games:
When it comes to winning moves, gold medalist Mark McMorris, a Saskatchewan native, put the field to shame with his second run in the slopestyle. Saskatchewan politician Brad Wall shared a video from ESPN of his impressive run:
McMorris landed back-to-back triple-cork 1440s to win his second straight slopestyle—and fourth overall—per Jason Blevins of the Denver Post. A snowstorm, which sped up the course, did not deter McMorris.
"I stuck to the run I wanted to do," he said. "I'm just so happy I stuck with the plan. I think the level of riding was higher than it's ever been. It's unreal it just keeps progressing."
According to ESPN Stats & Info, McMorris is staking his claim as one of the best slopestyle competitors ever:
Jerome Elbrycht brought home the gold in the mono skier X by the slimmest of margins over Nikko Landeros. Elbrycht was impressive, but Landeros had one of the most inspiring stories of the day.
The Colorado competitor lost both legs in a 2007 car accident but has been playing sled hockey for the United States Paralympic team, per David Krause of the Denver Post. His silver medal Saturday was his first in the X Games, but according to Darci Miller of TeamUSA.org, he already had "two Paralympic gold medals, two sled hockey world championship gold medals, and one silver and seven World Sled Hockey Challenge medals, one of which (a gold) came just last week."
Landeros was happy with his performance.
"It felt awesome," he said after the race, per Krause. "It was awesome just to be a part of this, and to win a medal is icing on the cake. To have my family here and friends makes it even better."
The U.S. Olympic Committee congratulated Landeros on his accomplishment:
A pair of Canadians dominated the men's and women's skier X events as Brady Leman and Kelsey Serwa took the gold in their respective races, per Team Canada:
It must have been an especially sweet win for Serwa, who had not won gold since the 2011 Winter X Games, when she was involved in a scary crash at the finish line. Before the race, she took to Instagram to let everyone know that was not going to happen again: "Last time I competed, I broke my back, smashed my face and took home the gold. It was totally worth it, but this time I'm planning to land on my feet."
Leman spoke about his path to winning the gold as well, per the Canadian Press (via the Waterloo Record):
This year I worked a lot more on the mental side of things and changed my approach. I've always been strong in training but I couldn't manage to put it together until today. I was relaxed and calm and had three perfect starts. I've dreamed of winning the Winter X Games in ski cross long before wanting to win a World Cup. This event pioneered our sport and it's huge day for me. A best day.
The snow picked up with two events left and forced the snowboard superpipe into a "one-run final," per the X Games:
While it caused issues, the snow also provided this interesting highlight from New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who was in the crowd, per the X Games:
Poor weather is not what Matt Ladley, another Colorado native, will remember when looking back on these X Games, because his gold in the superpipe counts the same. Professional snowboarder and X Games medalist Steve Fisher congratulated Ladley:
Ladley revealed he may have had a secret weapon that helped him win, per Blevins:
"Dreaming about winning an X Games medal doesn't usually go this way," Ladley said. "I didn't live in Denver when John Elway was playing, so Manning is my boy now."
Weather delayed the final event of the night, the GoPro ski big air, but Switzerland's Fabian Bosch ended up taking the gold with a best-two total of 86.00, per the X Games:
Here's the schedule for the final day of the 2016 Winter X Games:
|2016 Winter X Games Schedule: Jan. 31|
|Men's Ski Slopestyle Final||Noon|
|Snowboarder Adaptive X Semi's / Consolation / Final||Noon|
|Men's Snowboarder X Heats / Semi's / Consolation / Final||2 p.m.|
|Women's Snowboarder X Heats / Semi's / Consolation / Final||2 p.m.|
|Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final||3:45 p.m.|
The forecast calls for another one to three inches of snow in Aspen on Sunday, per Krause, but if Saturday was any indication, it will make the events more fun. After all, without snow, there would be no Winter X Games.