Starting the action on day three, the roar of engines echoed over Buttermilk Mountain. The first-ever Para Snow BikeCross at a Winter X Games saw snow bike athletes who are not ambulatory take on the BikeCross course with some alterations to their bikes such as hand control and seat modifications. Right from the start, it was Monster Energy’s Doug Henry who clinched the lead and held on to the top spot on the tight course. Finishing over 19 seconds ahead of the next competitor, the 49-year-old snow racing veteran claimed the win – his first X Games gold medal in 14 years – with a 4:57.599 overall time.
When the action moved into Jeep Men's Snowboard Slopestyle, 19-year-old Monster Energy rider Rene Rinnekangas from Iisalmi, Finland caused a major upset by posting a run for the ages on his final attempt: technical rail tricks like frontside boardslide 450 and front 270 to lip followed by an air show including Cab 1260 switch tail, frontside 1440 melon and a backside 1620 over the tall ‘Money Booter’ jump earned the rookie pro an amazing silver medal finish – his first-ever podium at a Winter X Games. Welcome to the Big Leagues, Rene!
The racing action returned with Wendy’s Snow BikeCross, where Monster Energy’s Cody Matechuk took gold in a white-knuckle race to the finish line. After battling a botched start, poor visibility and treacherous ice patches, the 24-year-old from Cochrane, Canada, ultimately secured the top spot. Finishing 4.445 seconds ahead of the next rider with a 10:31.387 overall time, Matechuk claimed his third consecutive Snow BikeCross podium after winning gold in 2018 and bronze in 2017.
Once the sun had set over Buttermilk Mountain, The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air treated the high-energy crowd to a spectacular air show. When the dust settled, Monster Energy’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand walked away with the silver medal for posting high-tech aerials such as switch right side triple cork and switch left triple cork double grab in a highly contested final. Also claiming a podium spot, his teammate James Woods from Great Britain secured the bronze medal by posting a left side 1620 – that’s four-and-a-half rotations – and right switch triple cork octo grab on his final attempt.
As the grand finale of an amazing day at X Games Aspen, Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe saw Monster Energy’s Chloe Kim defend her X Games gold medal against a field of top riders from China, Japan, Spain, and the United States. On her second attempt, the world’s most competitive snowboarder landed a perfect routine including Indy nosebone, frontside 1080, Cab 720, frontside 540 and a high-flying McTwist for the win, her fifth X Games gold medal. Still the youngest competitor in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe, Kim now boasts a podium-perfect record with seven medals in just as many X Games appearances.