Recapping the best of the action from X Games Aspen 2017

On Sunday, X Games Aspen 2017 drew to a close as the crowd of over 27,000 people took in the roaring excitement of the first Snowmobile Best Trick competition since 2013.

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It was a weekend filled with record-setting performances, upsets and underdog stories. Here are just a few of our favorite storylines to emerge from the weekend:

Kelly Sildaru continues to show why she’s the future of women’s skiing

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Sildaru proved she is still the golden child of skiing. Photo: Courtesy of Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images

Question: What’s the best way to follow up becoming the youngest athlete to ever win gold at a Winter X Games?

Becoming the only X Games competitor to win two X Games gold medals before turning 15:

On Sunday, 14-year-old Estonian skiing prodigy Kelly Sildaru proved that she is still the one to beat in women’s slopestyle skiing even if she isn’t old enough to, you know, legally drive.

Sildaru repeated as champion in the Women’s Ski Slopestyle event, posting an impressive score of 92.33 during her historic romp through the slopestyle course.

Underdogs and veterans claim gold medals in the Superpipe

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Blunck was ecstatic after winning gold to claim his first-ever X Games medal. Photo: Courtesy of Joshua Duplechian/ESPN Images

It was Aaron Blunck, the 20-year-old native of Crested Butte, Colorado, (who had never finished better than seventh in his six appearances at X Games), taking gold in the Men’s Ski SuperPipe contest.

It was a crash-filled Ski SuperPipe final Friday night (only three skiers completed clean top-to-bottom runs), as Blunck came out on top of the field:

In the Real Cost Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe final on Saturday, Elena Hight might have been your pick to finish just outside of gold.

The 27-year-old Hawaiian-born snowboarder was competing in her 13th Winter X Games, but had never won gold, instead capturing three silver medals and two bronze medals.

On Saturday however, the veteran finally got the monkey off her back and broke through with her first-ever X games gold:

The snowmobile double backflip remains unconquered

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Daniel Bodin (middle) celebrates an X games gold just days after becoming the first person to ever land a double backflip on a snowmobile. Photo: Courtesy of Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images

There was a ton of hype surrounding Heath Frisby and Colten Moore over the weekend as they attempted to become the first athletes to ever land a double backflip on a snowmobile in competition. Unfortunately, both riders came up short.

Moore slightly over-rotated on his attempt, getting bucked off his sled after landing:

Frisby, on the other hand, under-rotated and was shot of his snowmobile after just barely getting the nose of his snowmobile around on its second rotation:

In the end, the gold medal for Snowmobile Best Trick went to Sweden’s Daniel Bodin, who just recently became the first person to ever land a double backflip on a snowmobile.

The triple cork is old news, long live the quad

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The star-studded winner’s podium from Snowboard Big Air. Photo: Courtesy of Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images

Some serious drama went down at the America’s Navy Men’s Snowboard Big Air final on Friday.

The contest featured not one but two separate record-setting performances by competitors as both Norway’s Marcus Kleveland and Canada’s Max Parrot landed two groundbreaking tricks never before seen in X Games history.

First, there was the 17-year-old Kleveland landing a backside quadruple cork 1800:

@MarcusKleveland just landed the first quad cork in competition history! #XGames

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Unfortunately for the young Norwegian he would have to settle for silver in the event, as his historic moment in the sun was upstaged by Canada’s Max Parrot, when the 22-year-old Parrot landed the first-ever quadruple underflip in X Games action:

Rounding out the top three was Mark McMorris, who proved he was fully back to health after suffering a scary leg injury in February by grabbing his 12th career X Games medal.