Day one of ESPN's Extreme Games kicked off in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday with men's ski superpipe elimination, men's snowboard slopestyle elimination, and men's snowboard superpipe eliminations.
Anything is possible at X, and often the best moments don't make it on TV. Here's a look at what you may have missed:
Men's ski superpipe eliminations kicked off early Thursday morning with David Wise qualifying first with his smooth, slick style and ultra-technical tricks. Wise will face the top seven men on Friday during pipe finals, where he is expected to throw four doubles. This photo of Wise is from professional freeskier Jen Hudak, and it shows she's not only a star skier, but also a highly skilled Instagrammer,Photo: @jenhudak Great day for the @usfreeskiing team @xgames #ski #superpipe qualifiers today! 5 men to tomorrow night's finals! This is @mrdavidwise boosting an alley-oop flat 5 tail.
Tom Wallisch throws up a peace sign and snaps a "selfie" as he sails through the air on the X Games slopestyle course. Wallisch is known for his lofty airs, and progressive spins, which make him a favorite for gold in ski slopestyle finals taking place on Sunday.For more X Games ski coverage, head to Newschoolers to check out their video from Day 1Photo: @gopro Photo of the Day! Tom Wallisch throws up the deuces mid air for the start of #XGames! #GoProX @Twallisch
Sebastien Toutant won his first X Games gold in 2011 at the ripe age of 19. He hoped to repeat that performance this year, but was unable to land a clean run in Thursday's eliminations. Seb Toots, as he's known, isn't getting down on himself and shifted his attention to taking gold in Big Air on Friday night. This picture is of Seb just before he dropped in for a practice lap on the massive big air jump. The French Canadian rider earned bronze in the event last year and has a triple cork in his bag of tricks, which could be the deciding factor.
Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg failed to make the cut for slopestyle finals, but he's still getting extreme all weekend by rocking purple hair. After earning second place in the Big Air event at last month's Dew Tour, Kotsenburg hoped to earn gold in the same event at the X Games but was denied an invite. Rumor has it the purple hair is Sage's way of jeering at X Games officials for not giving him the green light to compete. It's a bummer for Sage and all the viewers that he's not competing, as his charisma coupled with his insane snowboard skills could have produced a more thrilling event.Photo: @shay_will Larry Malibu (@sagekotsenburg) peepin' and creepin' at ski pipe prelims.
Eight of the world's best urban snowboarders submitted 60-second video parts for their shot at X Games gold in the Real Street video contest. Each video featured rowdy rail segments, but only the top three earned medals. This picture shows Louis Paradis, Dan Brisse, and Bode Merrill earning podium honors.
The Snowmobile Freestyle Finals went down on the first day of the X Games with high intensity aerobatic antics from the world's best sledheads. Levi LaVallee earned gold in the evening event, with Joe Parsons and Justin Hoyer taking second and third.
Mr. Shaun White, a most talked about athlete in the X Games, competed in Slopestyle Eliminations for the first time since 2009 on day one of X. He placed seventh, which was good enough for him to move into Saturday's finals, but his performance showed his skills aren't quite up to par with the rest of young field. Later that night, White qualified second to Louri Podladtchikov in superpipe eliminations, which was very uncharacteristic of White, who's won the past five X Games superpipe events. The pressure is definitely on the White Wonder, but if we had a million dollars, we'd still bet it all on White to take gold in Sunday's finals.
Photo: @bobridges All cameras pointed on this guy. #ShaunWhite #xgames #pipe
Stay tuned for more behind the scenes action at the X Games in Aspen, and follow @GrindTVSnow on both Twitter and Instagram for breaking updates all weekend.
You won't be seeing Shaun White on a skateboard anytime soon, and for good reason.
In a move to make sure he is healthy for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, White has decided to put away his skateboard for a while and concentrate solely on snowboarding.
White did the same thing before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he won his second Olympic gold medal in halfpipe. So you won't be seeing White at the Summer X Games or on the Dew Tour; his last major skateboarding event was at the Dew Tour Championships in October 2011.
White told ESPN that he is focused on winning snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle in Sochi.
"That's the one thing that upsets me the most is that I had knee surgery [in August 2012] so I couldn't really skate that much this past summer and then coming up, I don't intend to skateboard the year before the Olympics," White told ESPN, which stages the Winter and Summer X Games.
"It's just one of those things where a twisted ankle can put you out of the Games. I don't like taking that chance. So I usually lay low on it. See what else fills my time. I have other plans."
Incidentally, slopestyle will be making its debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and you could probably bet Shaun White will be a favorite.
Photo courtesy of GoPro via Shaun White's Facebook page.
Ever wonder what it's like from the snowboard's point of view to be cut down as a tree, and then to be shaped and built into Shaun White's snowboard? Of course not, but GoPro's latest bit of cleverness offers this very point of view in what's called "Shaun White's Birth of a Board." Take a look at the YouTube vid:
Now, to recap, Shaun White's snowboard went from being a tree, to a raw board, to getting shaped into a snowboard, to getting painted, to being packaged into a box, to getting pulled out of the box by Shaun White, to having decals and bindings be put on by Shaun White, to being put into a case by Shaun White, to getting removed from the case at a ski resort by Shaun White, to being used as a snowboard on the slopes by Shaun White. Brilliant.
The Dew Tour may be done, but that doesn't mean you can't relive all the fun from the kickoff contest of the season. Last week, Breckenridge, Colorado, was teeming with freeskiers, snowboarders, industry and media types, and fans, many of whom captured the epic action on and off the hill with their iPhones, posting them to their Instagram accounts.
From Shaun White's ridiculous fan pictures, to Macklemore's crowd dive, to rapper Juvenile's stolen bottle of Hennessy--this gallery is chock full of behind-the-scenes antics. Indeed, what happens at Dew Tour definitely doesn't stay at Dew Tour.
We've gathered the best sights and scenes from around the Dew Tour and have compiled them for you in this addition of Insta-Awesome. Click the photo above to see all the shenanigans you probably missed.
Even the casual winter sports fan knows who two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White is--and they likely know him for his fiery red locks. His nickname is the "Flying Tomato," after all, and many a media outlet calls his locks his "trademark."
But all good things must come to an end--and in this case, for a good cause, as White revealed on Tuesday through a Facebook post that he has cut off his shiny red tresses for the charity Locks of Love, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.
"I've been thinking about this one for a while, but it's for a good cause, so I'm going to do it," White says in the video. "Somebody needs it more than I do."
White appears slightly shaken in the video as the hairdresser, who he calls "Israel," ties his long hair into a ponytail and then cuts it off. "I'm still panicking," White says at one point.
White also mentions in the video that he hadn't told anyone about his plan and that he hopes to "mind freak" everyone with his short hairstyle.
Thirty minutes after he posted the video on Facebook, it already had about 300 comments, which ranged from "We are really proud of you." to "Ohh no. You broke my heart. Why?"
White is coming off a win at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, over the weekend. He only just returned to competition after recently undergoing surgery on his meniscus in his right knee.
Thanks to slopestyle being added to the program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, it's possible that White could win two gold medals there.
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