The second day of the X Games wrapped in a little place called Aspen, Colorado, with the men’s ski slopestyle elimination, snowboard street final, women’s ski superpipe final, snowboard big air final, and men’s ski superpipe final all taking place at Buttermilk Mountain. Here are the top behind-the-scenes moments from day two.
Pro snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass and Trevor Andrew, a former pro snowboarder turned Brooklyn-based musician, posed for a pic at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. They look like a couple of normal snowboarders, lending credence to the belief that you never know who you’ll catch on a lift at the X Games.
Photo: @clubweird @dannykass @troubleandrew buttermilk laps at #xgames2013! #leathertrenchcoat
What does Shaun White do on a down day at X Games? Apparently, he dresses up in his finest suit and bowtie and kicks it at the exclusive Target Chalet. The Chalet is a huge mansion Target rents to host athletes and industry elite every year at X. Entry is extremely limited, security is top notch, and cameras aren’t even allowed inside–so this snap is ultra-rare and a true behind-the-scenes glimpse into the star’s life at X.
Photo: @devinbobrien Sitting with @shaun_white in a rare down minute at #xgames #targetchalet
You can win, you can lose, or in the case of pro snowboarder Louis Paradis, you can dominate. The French Canadian rail ripper won his first X Games gold yesterday for his X Game Real Snow video, and earned his second gold medal by dominating the snowboard street contest on Friday. Paradis edged out pro snowboarders Dylan Alito and Dylan Thompson for the win with his ultra stylish, technical rail transfer tricks. Right after his big win, this picture was snapped of Paradis, who said he was in paradise with his duel gold medals.
Photo: @bonfiresnowboarding Louif golden eye Paradis aka @whatelze just took home his second gold medal of the 2013 Winter X Games. We couldn’t be more proud of him. photo @evemorno #probablystillwearingmedalsonhiseyes #iwouldbetoo
It’s rare for athletes to have many down moments during X, as their schedules are packed with training, competing, and multiple sponsor obligations. In this photo from Red Bull Team manager Ryan Runke, the energy drink’s top skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers hung out and signed posters for a sprawling crowd of fans all lined up at the massive Red Bull tent near the base of Buttermilk Mountain. Some fans were so excited they opted to have their body parts signed in lieu of posters.
Photo: @ryanrunke @redbull team signing going down @markmcmorris @bbiebel @mikehucker @drewbezanson @sebtoots and more
Need a new tattoo? Perhaps a fresh cut? The Sailor Jerry house in Aspen has you covered. Pro snowboarder Mason Aguirre got new ink on his arm Friday, while Vans team manager Larry Nunez got nice and cleaned up. Aguirre later tweeted, “Thanks to my dudes @thegoodlife@sailorjerry for giving me my first ever free tattoo–you guys rule!!” Just another day behind the extreme scenes of X Games.
Promising young Norwegian snowboarder Stale Sandbech failed to make slope finals at X, but he competed in the big air finals Friday night. This picture, posted by the Norwegian snowboard team, shows the 19-year-old ripper waxing his own board as he prepares for the contest. Most riders have technicians that wax their boards for them, but Stale likes to do it himself. Clearly his waxing worked, as he places third, behind Mark McMorris and Torstein Horgmo, in the high-intensity big air event.
Photo: @norwegian_snowboard_team This guy is ready for X-Games big air tonight! @stalesandbech
Men’s ski superpipe finals was the big show Friday night, and David Wise took the win by stomping back-to-back double cork 1260s. His run was amazing and definitely deserved first, but third-place finisher Simon Dumont of Bethel, Maine, was the big story of the night. The 25-year-old competed while still recovering from two wrist surgeries and recent ACL surgery, and he couldn’t even use his poles. Despite his condition, Dumont stomped a smooth run that landed him a bronze medal.
Following the event, Dumont took to his Twitter account and thanked his fans: “Very tired and sore. Congrats to everyone skiing in finals tonight. Very excited to be back on the podium at X. Thanks for the support! Night.”