X Games Aspen 2016 Day 1 Recap – January 28, 2016 (@XGames)

Aspen, CO - January 28, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Gus Kenworthy, Kevin Rolland and Benoit Valentin during the medal ceremony for Men's Ski SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO - January 28, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Gus Kenworthy, Kevin Rolland and Benoit Valentin during the medal ceremony for Men's Ski SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 28, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Gus Kenworthy, Kevin Rolland and Benoit Valentin during the medal ceremony for Men’s Ski SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)

Ideal conditions greeted an enthusiastic crowd of 12,400as X Games Aspen 2016 commenced in Colorado. The top winter action sport athletes showcased their skill and talentin ski, snowboard and snowmobile disciplines.

Competition kicked off with the return of the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding event, where Special Olympic athletes are paired with X Games athletes and race down each of the two giant dual slalom competition courses. Defending their gold medal, Henry Meece of Portland, Oregon and decorated Olympian, Chris Klug took the top spot for a second straight year, narrowly edging out the team of Snowboard SuperPipe two-time gold medalist Danny Davis and Zach Elder, who won a bronze medal in last years event, by fractions of a second. Taking third was six-time Snowboard SuperPipe and Olympic gold medalistHannah Teter and Daina Shilts who won silver with Teter last year.

On winning gold for the second straight year, Henry Meece says the following,Im double double stoked! I went as fast as I can just bombing it! Strait down!

Silver medalist in the Special Olympics Unified SnowboardingDanny Davisspoke out on the Special Olympians.Just to see that nothing is holding them back is pretty inspiring. Im motivated and inspired by these guys. These events make you remember why you snowboard.

Two SnoCross events took place in the evening, includingdisabled athletes showcasing their skills in the SnoCross Adaptive final. From the start it wasMike Schultz who dominated the field, racing his way to his fifth X Games gold medal beating out fellow competitor Paul Thacker by nearly a minute. Rutland, Vermonts E.J. Poplawski took third.

Last year I was on the sidelines and watching someone else win kind of stings a little so it was good to get back out and just let it fly.

Mike Schultz,SnoCross Adaptive Gold Medalist

Following suit, Snowmobile SnoCross legendTucker Hibbert gained control of the race from the beginning andwent on to winarecord nine consecutive X Games gold medals, the most for any winter athlete.Swedish rider Adam Renheim finished second with New York native Corin Todd placing third. For the 31-year-old Hibbert, the win earned him his 14th X Games medal 10 gold, threesilver and a bronze.

You think after this many times I wouldn’t be nervous but I am! I gotta give it up for my team too. We keep working as hard as we can because we know the competition is doing the same.

-Tucker Hibbert, Gold Medalist SnoCross, on his recordninth consecutive Gold Medal

The Mens Ski SuperPipe final saw one of the most exciting victories of the day as Frenchman Kevin Rolland took the win on his final run with a score of 93.33. Dropping into the pipe in tenth place as the last competitor of the evening,Rolland started his run off with a switch double cork 1080 before launching into a right side double cork 1260 followed by the same on the left side. The runedgedout Gus Kenworthysscore of 92.33. This marks Rollands first X Games gold medal in six years. The silver medal was Gus Kenworthy‘s first. Rounding out the podium was Rollands fellow countryman Benoit Valentin with a score of 90.66.

I was really under a lot of pressure but I think I love it!

-Kevin Rolland, Mens Ski SuperPipe Gold Medalist

Proceeded by Run the Jewels, legendary hip-hop artist Nas took the stage captivating thecrowd into the night with a set of classics capping off another memorable night at X Games Aspen.

Fridays competition will include women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Women’s Ski Slopestyle, Monster Energy Snowmobile Freestyle, Women’s Ski SuperPipe and America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air as well as musical act Twenty One Pilots taking the stage immediately following the competition. Tickets for all musical acts can be purchased atwww.xgames.com/tickets.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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