Since its been a couple of boring days for the Red Sox, I decided to write about the X Games over the weekend. Some of the events I was really disappointed by, but there were two things that I was glad I got to see.
Sunday in the day was a snowmobile jumping competition. The very first guy I watched (Heath Frisby) did a front flip on his snowmobile. My friends and I were in awe of how cool it was, but also how psychotic the guys must be. Then the announcers said it was the first front flip ever landed and about twenty guys celebrated for the next minute and a half. I thought it was cool and all, but not warranting all that celebration.
Sunday night was where I was really interested. Every year I make a point to watch the superpipe competition and see if anyone can push Shaun White off the gold spot in the podium. Run after run guys tried to outdo Shaun, which made the event that much better. Guys push their limits and you get to see great tricks, but the majority couldn’t complete their run without wiping out or messing up somehow…except for the flying tomato. Guy is a straight baller. Skinny pants might be a bit soft, but he always put on a show in that event and does it flawless. What I liked most was his victory lap, his last run in which he was already guaranteed gold. Instead of taking it easy (with his hurt ankle) and taking a joy ride for the fans down the pipe, Shaun pushed himself to the perfect run, getting incredible air on every jump. He was awarded the first perfect score (100) in X Games history.
I’ve gotta take Shaun’s perfect run here. Although I don’t agree with a score of 100, no matter how good it is, the run was as close to perfect as you can get. I might be a bit biased because I snowboard and can’t believe any human can do that in a halfpipe, but either way, Heath Frisby’s run and event were overshadowed from the start. Ten minutes before his run, Justin Hoyer was almost crushed by his sled in a failed attempt at a double back. I mean Heath and the fans were as amped us as you can be after witnessing a disastrous crash. That aside, not only was Shaun White’s run incredible, but the dude has won the event every year since 2008, 5 times in a row now, 7 times overall and also has 5 other X Game gold medals in either slopestyle or skateboarding vert. Outrageous. Peep the video of his private halfpipe in East Bum, Alaska that can only be navigated to via helicopter.
that cant be real life
I thought Justin Hoyer’s broken arm double backflip was the most exciting. Must have rewound the dvr like 12 times watching that.
Check out my blog.