On the fourth and final day, Monster Energy athletes claimed a total of four medals (three silver and one bronze) across Freeski, Snow Bike and Snowboard events. In Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Superpipe, Japanese rookie pro Yuto Totsuka turned heads by taking silver in his first-ever X Games performance.
Overall, X Games Aspen 2019 drew massive crowds with attendance on Sunday at a record-setting 43,000 spectators, the biggest Sunday crowd at any Winter X Games. Viewers in the U.S. tuned in via live broadcasts on ESPN and ABC. Online viewers across the globe followed the action via live streams on X Games digital properties such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Live, as well as the Caffeine live streaming network.
The final day in Aspen kicked off at noon local time under blue skies with a double podium for Monster Energy in Jeep Men’s Ski Slopestyle: Canadian team rider Alex Beaulieu-Marchand flexed his technical rail prowess on the demanding course by posting 450 to pretzel 270 off into a switch 630 disaster followed by aerial mastery with a right side double cork 900, into a double bio 1260, into a switch triple cork 1260. It was the second silver for the 24-year-old at X Games Aspen 2019 after a strong showing in last night’s The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air.
Joining Alex on the Men’s Ski Slopestyle podium today was 20-year-old Norwegian shredder Ferdinand Dahl, who claimed his first X Games medal on his first run: He dropped a front swap 270 and switch 450’s both ways on the rails, followed by double bio 1260, huge right 1440, and switch left double cork 1440 on the jumps to take a strong bronze medal finish back home to Oslo.
The crowd was in for a major surprise in Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe, where 17-year-old Yuto Totsuka emerged from one of the most contested finals in X Games history with a silver medal. Unfazed by the stacked field of elite riders, tonight’s youngest SuperPipe competitor posted a perfect routine including a huge frontside stalefish 540, massive tailgrab 1080, and frontside double cork 1260 for 90.00 points and second place. Now that’s how you debut at X Games!
Wrapping up an action-packed weekend, the second Snowbike Best Trick at X Games Aspen raised the bar for progression in the relatively young sport. As a field of seasoned Moto X and snowmobile racers attacked the massive jump, Monster Energy’s Brett Turcotte claimed a strong silver medal finish with a fully extended Tsunami flip, hanging upside-down from the handlebar while rotating a backflip.
It’s Turcotte’s second silver medal at X Games Aspen 2019 after finishing second in Snowmobile Freestyle on Friday. Newly minted Monster Energy rider Kyle Demelo from Canada almost put down a never-been-done front flip on a snow bike but could not hold on to the landing. Definitely to be continued…
This wraps up an epic Winter X Games in Aspen, one of the largest of all time: With a total on-site crowd of 117,000 spectators across four days, attendance tied X Games Tignes 2013 as the largest crowd at any X Games winter event. Thanks to all athletes, everyone who attended and all who watched online for a history-making event!