Presented by Monster Energy as the long-time energy drink partner, X Games Aspen 2020 awarded 59 medals in 21 disciplines while showcasing the state of the art in winter action sports.
Over the course of four action-packed days, the spectacle attracted 111,500 on-site spectators.
In terms of progression, this edition of X Games Aspen raised the bar once again. History-making performances included Monster Energy young gun Colby Stevenson becoming the first-ever rookie to win Ski Slopestyle. And how about Jamie Anderson setting a new record for most Snowboard Slopestyle gold in X Games history at six medals? Or Monster Energy’s Doug Henry proving that age is just the number by winning his second consecutive gold medal in Para Snow BikeCross at age 50.
When all was said and done, Monster Energy snow sports athletes claimed a total of 22 medals across ski, snow bike, and snowboard disciplines. The team’s dominant medal haul included ten gold, five silver, and seven bronze medals that were earned in some of the most spectacular final sessions in X Games history.
Televised live to global audiences, X Games Aspen 2020 featured 166 athletes from 21 countries as well as music performances by acclaimed urban and electronic artists alongside festival experiences at X Fest. On Sunday, the crowd was treated to a live set from American singer Bazzi on the GEICO Music Stage, before the last ski, snowboard, and snow bike competitions shut down the show with a bang.
After claiming a whopping six gold medals on Saturday, here’s how the Monster Energy team’s medal run unfolded on Sunday, the final day of X Games Aspen 2020.
Under blue skies on Buttermilk Mountain, the Jeep Women’s Ski Slopestyle final saw eight of the world’s top freestyle skiers take on the downhill obstacle course. Similar to other freestyle disciplines at this edition of X Games, the final was contested in a new, 35-minute jam session format that emphasized overall impression.
Monster Energy’s Sarah Hoefflin came into the final struggling with pain from plantar fasciitis in both heels and the aftermath of a leg injury suffered at the December 2019 World Cup in Atlanta. But that hadn’t stopped the 29-year-old from Geneva, Switzerland, from claiming bronze in Friday night’s Big Air finals.
There was no keeping Sarah Hoefflin off the Slopestyle podium on Sunday, either. Working the course with difficult, technical rail tricks and contorted aerials, her highlights included leftside 450 on 270 out and switch rightside 270 on the rails as well as 540 mute, bio 720, left cork 900 tailgrab, alley-oop 360 mute, and switch right bio 900 in the jump section for the silver medal.
On the strength of her two new medals from X Games Aspen 2020, Hoefflin now owns four X Games medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). She came into professional skiing relatively late in her career after earning her neuroscience degree in 2013, but has since become a force to be reckoned with after winning Women’s Ski Big Air at Aspen 2018 and Olympic gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea that same year.
Hoefflin was joined on the podium by her Monster Energy teammate, 21-year-old Maggie Voisin from Whitefish, Montana. After missing the podium in Big Air on Friday night, Voisin returned hungry to Slopestyle, which she won in 2018 as the first American rider in X Games history.
In the final session, Voisin worked the rails with technical moves like 450 on 270 out and left 270 to pretzel. She also hit the jumps with switch left 900 mute, leftside 720 tailgrab, rightside 900, and a huge 540 rodeo off the shark fin obstacle for the bronze medal. With Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru in the top spot, Maggie Voisin earned her fifth X Games medal (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze).