The fourth and final day of the X Games has arrived to close the first of six dates of the Global X Games. Aspen said goodbye with everything to the extreme games that gather the most stars with a spectacular finale.
The first final of the day was the ski slopestyle where 18 year old Nick Goepper took the gold medal. In the last X Games Nick had run out of gold when in the last pass Tom Wallisch achieved the highest score in the history of the discipline. This year Goepper was very clear that he was not going to let this happen again and he achieved a score of 94 that left him on the top of the podium. Second was the Swede Henrik Harlaut who the night before obtained first place in the big air with an incredible butter triple cork 1620. Harlaut got his second medal in a flawless 92 run.66 points, just enough to pass James Woods who took bronze in his first X Games appearance.
The women's final of the same discipline was rocky from the beginning when, during practice, Rose Battersby suffered a serious accident for which she had to be transferred to the hospital in Denver for a spinal fracture. Despite the incident, the competition took its course where X Games first-timer Tiril Sjastad Christiansen completely dominated. At just 17 years old, the Norwegian dethroned everyone's favorite and dominant in these competitions Kaya Turski. Turski fell in his first two rounds and was facing his third round in last place. Before her final run, another skier suffered an accident and had to receive medical attention, delaying the event for 30 minutes. When it was all clear Kaya had her third pass and showed why she is the favorite with a solid 90 which put her in second place. The bronze went to another rookie in this competition, the Canadian Dara Howell.
Meanwhile, in the snowmobile SnoCross, the legendary Tucker Hibbert clinched his sixth consecutive gold medal. Tucker dominated the race from the start and increased his lead as the laps went by finishing the circuit more than 11 seconds behind bronze medalist Ross Martin. In third place Tim Tremblay finished almost 27 seconds behind Tucker.
The action of the snowmobiles continued with the best trick that suffered the absence of one of the favorites, the sextuple medalist Levi LaVallee who was forced to withdraw after severe pain in his back and left triceps during the practice of the jumps . This cleared the way for Daniel Bodin who, with an Indian air backflip, won the gold medal. In second place was the disappointed Joe Parsons who, despite impeccably executing a trick never done before, the gator hater, could not reach the top of the podium. "It seems that doing a new trick doesn't count at all, it's the first time someone has tried it and it came out perfect," Parson said, referring to the jury's decision. In third place was Heath Frisby with an incredible underflip in his X Games debut.
Without a doubt the most interesting thing of the night was the snowboard super pipe final. Defending the gold medal was none other than Shaun White, who last year scored a perfect 100 points thanks to his back to back double cork 1260. White impeccably repeated his run from the previous year, obtaining 98 points and thus his sixth consecutive gold medal. In second place was the flying Japanese Ayumu Hirano who, at just 14 years old, surprised the judges with his amplitude and fluidity. With a McTwist 1260 double, Finn Markus Malin finished in third place for his first career medal. White's biggest medal threat, Iuri Podladtchikov (better known as I-pod) was unable to compete due to a bad flu after qualifying ahead of him in Thursday's heats.
With this, another edition of the winter X Games was concluded, which was characterized by taking the level of extreme sports one step further. This is only the first stop of the Global X Games 2013 that will have its next date in Tignes, in the month of March, for more action on snow.