The second day of X Games Aspen 2019 kicked off bright and early at 10:00 a.m. local time with Women’s Ski Slopestyle – and a major surprise. After closely missing the podium last year, Monster Energy’s Sarah Hoefflin attacked the course with technical switch tricks on the rails and boxes, followed by a back-to-back aerial combo featuring a right 540, switch 720 and switch right 1080 for 90.00 points and a strong silver finish.
Hoefflin was joined on the Women’s Ski Slopestyle podium by teammate and Aspen 2018 gold medalist Maggie Voisin from Montana, who did not quite get the run she wanted, but stoked the crowd with a backside 360 to switch up on the box, right 900 and double cork 1260 for a bronze medal.
The brand-new Jeep Wrangler X Challenge saw athletes from a wide range of action sports – including skateboarding and motocross – take the all-new Jeep Wrangler SUV across a snow-covered obstacle course that tested skills, finesse and precision. When all was said and done, Monster Energy off-road Jeep pilot Casey Currie claimed gold by clearing the course in 46.640 seconds. He finished 8.89 seconds ahead of the closest competitor, all-round racing legend and Monster Energy’s Brian Deegan in second place.
In the highly contested Snowmobile Freestyle Final it all came down to a battle between defending gold medalist Brett Turcotte and Sweden’s Daniel Bodin. Straight out the gate, Turcotte stoked the crowd with fully controlled tech moves, including a new variation on his signature California Roll, as well as Oxycutioner to Rock Solid, and Coyote Indy – a backflip performed hanging sideways from the handlebar. Turcotte ultimately had to settle for a silver medal, but will be back to bring the heat to Snow BikeCross and Snowbike Best Trick this weekend.
Closing out the day with a bang, The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air Final showcased the next level in snowboard progression courtesy of the world’s best riders. In an epic final jam session loaded with never-seen-before tricks and ultra-progressive aerials, Monster Energy’s Sven Thorgren held his own by sending some bangers over the massive gap jump: A clean frontside 1440 and triple backside rodeo earned the 24-year-old a well-deserved bronze, his third career X Games medal.
Stay tuned for more action popping off on Buttermilk Mountain, Colorado as Day Three of X Games Aspen presents a massive roster of eight events: New X Games medalists will be minted in Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Snow BikeCross as well as Adaptive Snow BikeCross and Para Snow BikeCross, the brand-new Snowboard Knuckle Huck, Men’s Ski Big Air, and Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe.