The 2014 Winter X Games got off to an emotional start on Thursday, opening with Snowmobile Freestyle. Last year, this event unfolded with dramatic crashes, one of which resulted in the tragic loss of four-time X Games medalist, Caleb Moore.
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.
Live Chat: Oakley Freestyle Snowmobile Star Levi LaVallee Amps Up For Winter X Games at 6 p.m. Pacific – Tuesday
Levi LaVallee smashed his way into history on New Year’s Eve. Just after midnight on the East Coast, Oakley’s star Freestyle Snowmobiler rocketed over 300 feet of water – safely landing and effectively shattering his own world record for distance jumping on a snowmobile, clearing 412 feet, 6 inches before a national audience (ESPN) over a Marina Park in San Diego, Calif. All just about a year after a horrific accident left him with broken ribs, a cracked pelvis, a collaped lung and a punctured second lung after slamming into the ground while training for his 2010 “Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.” jump. His 2011 try was a glorious triumph. And now, riding immense momentum, he’s gearing up for his return to Winter X Games. Chat live with him tonight (Jan. 10) at 6 p.m. Pacific below!