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The unpredictability of Winter X Games is part of the event’s appeal. New tricks, new names, upsets, surprises and general stimuli overload. The crowds, the tricks, the crashes, the variables, it all adds to the excitement. Those elements, along with the constant commitment to innovation at almost every level. In the weeks and months leading up to Winter X in Aspen, Colo., Henrik Harlaut had stayed away from anything resembling a traditional training program. Instead, the 21-year-old Swede had been touring the East Coast, skiing icy slopes as part of the Inspired Demo Tour. Small mountains with the occasional rail and maybe a small jump or two. Nothing close to what’d he encounter in Big Air and Slopestyle with the eyes of the world watching.
The Winter X Games in Aspen is a week stocked full of some of the most talented action sports athletes in the world, stunning athleticism and high intensity tricks that are simply incomprehensible to the average human being. This could not be truer than across the snowmobile disciplines. These riders hit jumps in excess of 30 feet, ride at speeds nearing 60 mph, contort their bodies mid-air and do it all on machines weighing in the neighborhood of 500 pounds.
The world’s largest gathering of action sports athletes didn’t disappoint. Once again, as has become tradition at Winter X Games, performance boundaries were broken and the tricktionary was expanded; records were set and new names burst onto the scene. Thick in the historic happenings and memorable moments were our Oakley winter athletes, leading the charge for where their respective sports will be going in the coming years. For the sixth consecutive year it was Shaun White who put the exclamation point on another phenomenal Winter X. A dominating performance in the Superpipe, highlighted by a record 24.1-foot air, resulted in his sixth consecutive Gold Medal in the event and his 23rd X Games medal overall.