Heath Frisby attempts a double backflip during Snowmobile Best Trick. (Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images)
Sunday was the final day of X Games Aspen 2017, and nearly everyone in attendance gathered to witness the final event of the weekend: Snowmobile Best Trick. The atmosphere was tense as Heath Frisby and Colten Moore each attempted a double backflip, a move never before landed in competition. Launching from the specifically designed ramp – built with a 67-degree incline to support maximum backward rotation – Frisby fully committed to the double spin. But as his 450 lb. snowmobile under-rotated, Frisby touched down before completing the second spin and was thrown off upon impact. Fortunately, the 32-year-old walked away from the crash unscathed. On his attempt Moore seemed to over-rotate his sled before coming down hard and losing control of his sled. Moore had to have medical attention for a reported back injury sustained on the landing, and he was unable to return for a second run.
In the end, it was Swedish rider Daniel Bodin who took the gold medal in the Big Trick event, landing an over-extended Indian air seat grab backflip on his final run for a score of 85.33. Brett Turcotte finished second place with fully extended Coyote Indy – a backflip performed hanging from the handlebar, twisting his body sideways while kicking his feet. Parsons earned his second medal of the weekend with a third-place finish. The bronze was Parsons 17th career X Games medal, making him the most decorated snowmobiler in X Games history.
“This gold is for Colten and Frisby,” said a humble Bodin. “It’s around my neck but it belongs to you guys.”
Athletes from 14 counties earned medals this year tying a X Games winter event record of most countries on the podium. USA led the pack with a total of 20 medals. This year once again saw progression at the forefront of competition, sold-out musical performances and a wide range of interactive experiences for the thousands of spectators, solidifying the X Games as not only a competition but a celebration.
Snow BikeCross Final
- Brock Hoyer, (CAN) 14:15.11
- Colton Haaker, (USA) 14:27.07
- Cody Matechuk, (CAN) 14:38.79
- Nolan Heppner, (USA) -1 lap
- Jake Scott, (USA) -1 lap
- Alfredo Gomez, (ESP) -2 laps
- Reagan Seig, (CAN) -2 laps
- Seth Fischer, (USA) -2 laps
- Harris Huizenga, (USA) -2 laps
- Darrin Mees, (USA) -2 laps
- Ronnie Faisst, (USA) -3 laps
- Keith Curtis, (USA) -3 laps
- Cody Thomson, (USA) -3 laps
- Axell Hodges, (USA) -4 laps
- Jimmy Jarrett, (USA) DNF
Gold – Brock Hoyer; Silver – Colton Haaker; Bronze – Cody Matechuk