Keeping it in the Family

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Aspen, CO, Jan. 20, 2002--When all was said and done today, none of the competitors in the Men's Skier X competition at the ESPN Winter X Games could wrestle the gold medal from the hands Crist family. Reggie Crist won the gold medal after holding off Peter Lind in a tight race. Crist's younger brother, Zach, won the gold in the same event at last year's Winter X Games. Enak Gavaggio rounded out the top-three, taking home the bronze medal.

For Crist, who calls Sun Valley, Idaho, home, this year's race represented an opportunity to erase the disappointing memories of last year's finals. After winning his first two heats, Crist crashed in the finals of the 2001 Skier X event while trying to pass Gavaggio. Crist finished sixth in the competition, as his brother sped to the gold.

The gold was Reggie Crist's first Winter X Games medal. His previous best finish came in 2001, when he finished fourth in the Ultracross event.

Peter Lind claimed his second Winter X Games medal with his silver medal-winning performance. The Stockholm, Sweden, resident won the gold medal in last year's Ultracross.

Bronze-medallist Enak Gavaggio is one of the most accomplished Skiier X racers in the history of the Winter X Games. Gavaggio won the gold medal in Skier X in 1999, and won the bronze in the event in 2001. The Frenchman was excited to compete at Winter X this year, as he has battled injuries in the past. He competed at last year's Winter X Games with a sore hip, and several months later he strained his knee and ankle during a competition. In returning to the medal podium Gavaggio proved, once again, that he can fight through injuries and still compete at the highest level.