X Games: Bobby Brown wins Big Air

It's X Games time and our first post breaks down the Big Air competition.
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Well, it’s Winter X once again, that magical time of year when there’s actually skiing on ESPN. The Big Air competition just wrapped up and, as expected, it was pretty boss. In only his second Winter X, 18-year-old Bobby Brown (not Whitney Houston’s ex-husband) from Breckenridge, Colorado, clinched the gold for Big Air. He finished with a combined score of 100, the first time a skier has nailed a perfect score in Big Air at the X Games. T.J. Schiller and Elias Ambuhl snagged silver and bronze respectively.

The skiers threw down on an 85-foot gap jump that boosted them about 100 feet through the air. In the finals, they had 20 minutes to squeeze in as many jumps as possible with their best two tricks contributing to their overall score. Brown sealed up the gold with a switch double misty 1440. “I’ve never done the trick before,” Brown says. “I don’t know how I landed it.” Meanwhile, T.J. Schiller from Vernon, BC, scored a perfect 50 on a 1620—that’s four and a half rotations—a trick never before seen at Winter X.

Good times, X Games. Good times. The ski slopestyle comp gets cracking tomorrow afternoon, and we’ll be there. But now it’s time to fight through the hordes at the bars in Aspen. The biggest event in freeskiing also happens to be Aspen’s biggest party. Good thing we brought some Colt 45. No joke.


Jess Cummings Action shot

Skier Superpipe to be Included at X Games

Two new events—male skier superpipe and snowmobile knockout—are added to the roster for the 2010 Winter X Games, planned for January 28-31 at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. Plans don’t yet include women’s superpipe. We asked X Games competitor Jess Cummings why.

Catch the action live and slopeside at the base of Buttermilk. All events are free and open to the public, but leave your vuvuzela, booze, and pets at home. Don’t miss the Ladies SuperPipe final Thursday night and the Skiing Big Air final Saturday. Click here for the full schedule.

Aspen X-treme

For a week in January, Aspen becomes the center of the jibtastic universe when the Winter X Games comes to town. With 80,000 spectators (heavy on the park rats), dozens of free events, and parties—i.e. free booze—galore, Aspen is going to go off. Here’s your insider’s guide to the 2011 Winter X Games.