X Games Aspen 2016 Day 3 Recap – January 30, 2016 (@XGames)

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Ben Ferguson, Matt Ladley, Scotty James during the medal ceremony for Intel Men's Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO - January 2, 2015 - Buttermilk Mountain: Chase Josey during practice for Intel Men's Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2015 (Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Chase Josey during practice for Intel Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images)

Day three of X Games Aspen 2016 competition concluded with a crowd of 49,300who arrived at Buttermilk Mountain to witness the Mono Skier X, Mens Snowboard Slopestyle, Coors Light Skier X, Intel Mens Snowboard SuperPipe and GoPro Ski Big Air finals.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Jerome Elbrycht, Nikko Lamderos and Kevin Bramble during Mono Skier X final at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Jerome Elbrycht, Nikko Lamderos and Kevin Bramble during Mono Skier X final at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)

The first final of the day kicked off with Mono Skier X where adaptive athletes put down one of the closest finishes in the history of X Games winter event.

After competing neck-and-neck down the course, it was Frances Jerome Elbrycht who picked up the victory. Nikko Landeros sped into second place as Kevin Bramble took third.

This is my first time in the USA, my first times at X Games and my first gold medal! So incredible, just to get to the final and to finish first in a final is incredible!Jerome Elbrychtsaid.

Throwing a shifty over the last jump, this was not only Elbrychts first X Games gold but his first X Games appearance ever.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Mark McMcMorris competing in Men's Snowboard SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Mark McMcMorris competing in Men’s Snowboard SlopeStyle Final during X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images)

Defending double gold winner from X Games Aspen 2015, Mark McMorris took the victory again at the Mens Snowboard Slopestyle event.

Its great to see such incredible rail features on the course because on the jumps we might be starting to reach a physical limit,” McMorris shares after taking home the gold medal.

Battling changing snow conditions, on his second run McMorris landed a technical cab 270 hard way to fakie on the final rail before unloading a pair of triple cork 1440s on the last two jumps, the first frontside with a melon grab, followed by a smooth backside spin.

Awarded a 92.66, it was enough to top Canadian rider Sebastien Toutants first run score of 90.33. Mons Risland slid into third on his final attempt.

It was nerve wracking to podium on my last run. My switch backside 1640 somehow worked out for me and those jumps were so perfect,” Mons said after receiving his medal.

This makes 10 total X Games medals for the 22-year-old McMorris including six golds.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Kelsey Serwa during the medal ceremony for Coors Light Women's Skier X at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Kelsey Serwa during the medal ceremony for Coors Light Women’s Skier X at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images)

With a shift in weather during the Coors Light Womens Skier X final, two-time X Games medalist Kelsey Serwa chose a different line out of the gate, one that ultimately added a gold to her collection with a time of 51.42 seconds.

Following a close second was fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson who edged out third place finisher Alizee Baron.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Coors Light Men's Skier X at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Coors Light Men’s Skier X at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images)

The Coors Light Mens Skier X followed and it was Canadian Brady Leman who battled through a tight start to muscle his way into the hole shot.

Leman held on to the lead clocking a time of 48.57 seconds, enough to top Bastien Midol who landed in second trailed closely by Chris Del Bosco who narrowly edged into third.

When asked about his win,Brady Lemansaid the following,I was just on fire out of the start and able to ski strong throughout the entire race. Its totally unreal. Its the biggest event of the year and the one I was focused on all season.

For Leman, this was his first gold, adding to a bronze medal earned in 2010.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Ben Ferguson, Matt Ladley, Scotty James  during the medal ceremony for Intel Men's Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Ben Ferguson, Matt Ladley, Scotty James during the medal ceremony for Intel Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Christian Pondella / ESPN Images)

As one of the most popular competitions of X Games Aspen, the Intel Mens SuperPipe competition was cut to a single-run final due to heavy snowfall.

Riders were still able to finish one complete run with Colorado local Matt Ladley putting down the best run of the evening scoring an 82.33 with a backside double cork 1080 and frontside double cork 1080 to finish his run.

On winning the gold medal in such tough conditions, localMatt Ladleysaid the following, “You dream about winning X Games but not usually this way. I knew there was snow coming in so I really tried to put a good first run down.”

Twenty-one-year-old Ben Ferguson finished in second while alternate Scotty James landed third. Making the finals in his last three appearances, this was Ladleys first medal at the X Games.

Aspen, CO - January 30, 2016 - Buttermilk Mountain: Fabian Boesch, Bobby Brown and Elias Ambuhl during the medal ceremony for America's Navy Snowboard Big Air at X Games Aspen 2016 (Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)
Aspen, CO – January 30, 2016 – Buttermilk Mountain: Fabian Boesch, Bobby Brown and Elias Ambuhl during the medal ceremony for America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air at X Games Aspen 2016
(Photo by Flip McCririck / ESPN Images)

The GoPro Ski Big Air continued with rookie Fabian Boesch narrowly out-performing veteran Bobby Brown with a score of 86.00.

“This is X Games! No matter the weather, the intensity is always high!” Bobby Brown said after the competition completed.

Browns 85.00 placed him second ahead of Eilas Ambl who finished third. Due in part to his consistency and a flawlessly landed triple cork 1440, this was the 18-year-old Boeschs first ever X Games medal.

With the action over on the slopes, deadmau5 kept the party going late into the night at the Sound Factory main stage at Buttermilk Mountain.

Saturdayscompetitions continue with finals in the Mens Ski Slopestyle, Mens and Womens Snowboarder X, Snowboarder X Adaptive and The Real Cost Snowboard Womens SuperPipe followed by a musical performance by Kygo to close out X Games Aspen 2016.

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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