27-year-old Heath Frisby landed the first ever front flip of a snowmobile at the Winter X Games in Aspen Sunday evening during the Snowmobile Best Trick competition.
Frisby pulled what most people thought was impossible to do on a snowmobile earning himself a gold medal. Frisby who won Snowmobile Best Trick in 2010, now has a total of seven Winter X Games medals.
Frisby first knew the trick was possible after he witnessed Australian freestyle motocross rider Jackson “Jacko” Strong frontflip his way to gold in the Moto X Best Trick competition at X Games 17 in 2011.
“This has been everything to me really,” an emotional Frisby said. “My whole family and friends have been behind me. I set a goal for myself and I always told myself I can’t do two things at once but if I focus on one thing I can do it. It feels great.”
Frisby overcame unsettling nerves after watching fellow competitor and friend Justin Hoyer unsuccessfully attempt a double back flip in the previous run. Hoyer appeared to badly injure his shoulder but the extent of his injuries are still unknown.
Crowd favorite Colten Moore followed up his gold in Snowmobile Freestyle with an Indie-Ruler Flip and a silver medal. Joe Parson earned the bronze with a trick he deemed the “gator wrestler.”