Aspen, Colo. (ESPN) – It would have been the perfect script for this pair of film producers from Sun Valley, Idaho. But, even in the world of movies, things can seem a little far-fetched. But not for the Crist brothers – at least not on this blustery day in Aspen.
Reggie and Zach have been competing in the Winter X Games together for five years now. And each time the goal has been a 1-2 finish. But that’s a lot easier said than done – until Saturday afternoon during the Skiing Skier X competition.
The brothers battled through a field that started with 30 competitors and was paired down through quarterfinals, semifinals and finals where they survived each cut and – finally – earned the top two places.
It was Reggie, the oldest (that’s how the script always goes), who claimed his second Skier X gold and Zach who brought home his third career medal (one, gold, one silver, one bronze).
“This is the highlight of my career,” said Reggie. “I’m just so glad to see two Crists on the winner’s podium.”
Zach was just as happy as his older brother. “The progression of the games has been incredible,” he said. “This is my favorite competition to get out here in front of the people with this amount of intensity.
“There is never a time when Reggie and I aren’t giving 100 percent.”
Enak Gavaggio (Bourg St. Maurice, France) earned his fourth consecutive bronze in Skier X, upping his career medal total to one gold and five bronze.
“I’m super excited and hope for better results next year,” Gavaggio said. “But I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t win.”
SKIING SKIER X MEN’S
Final Results from Aspen/Snowmass Saturday, January 29, 2005
1. Reggie Crist: Sun Valley, Idaho
2. Zach Crist: Sun Valley, Idaho
3. Enak Gavaggio: Bourg St. Maurice, France
4. Casey Puckett: Aspen, Colo.
5. Eric Archer: Vail, Colo.
6. Jesper Brugge: Sundsvall, Sweden
SKIING SKIER X MEN’S
Consolation Results from Aspen/Snowmass Saturday, January 29, 2005
1. Lars Lewen: Stockholm, Sweden
2. Andreas Steffen: Gstaad, Switzerland
3. Christian Questad: Denver, Colo.
4. Davey Barr: Whistler, BC, Canada
5. Tomas Kraus: Decin, Czech Republic
6. Simon Bastelica: Corsica, France