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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.
They call him ‘Iceman’ for a reason (and it isn’t from his home country’s reputation for freezing weather). Kimi Raikkonen’s world-famous swagger, disdain for prying Formula One media questions and his Championship-tested skills on the track all contributed to his reputation as one of the most badass drivers anywhere. His storied career – lined with a tantalizing Formula One World Championship driving for Scuderia Ferrari and binders full of quotable and imitation-worthy scenarios highlighting his edgy personality – has captured the imagination of racing fans worldwide. But following a quick drop out of F1 for some quick stints in RallyCar (and even a short lived experiment in racing Camping Trucks in NASCAR), he returned to the big stage under the Lotus factory badge. Although his much-heralded return came with a win at Abu Dhabi in 2012, it became clear that he simply wasn’t on a team with a realistic shot at Championship contention. Then an old friend came knocking.
The fact is, Juan Pablo Montoya is one of the most talented racers on the planet. Not many drivers throughout history can boast of wins in IndyCar, Formula One, CART and stock car racing (NASCAR). What’s more, JP is one of only two active demons behind the wheel that have claimed two legs of the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ – claiming victories in both the Indianapolis 500 and the ultra prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. If that’s not badass in itself, what is? But looking at the past few seasons in America’s beloved NASCAR series, it has been easy to forget that someone with as much international fame and pedigree has been gracing Sprint Cup’s ovals/tracks every week.