From insane aerial acrobatics and jumps of 140+ feet, to a record-breaking performance in snocross and an inspiring performance in adaptive snocross, FOX athletes took center stage at Winter X Games 2014, capturing 10 of a possible 12 medals including a gold medal sweep.
Next generation FOX shocks, with their incredible control and tuning capabilities, helped pave the way to victory for the world’s top snowmobile athletes as they tackled the slopes in Aspen, Colorado.
The winning runs started not long after Winter X 2014 commenced, as Colten Moore made an emotional return to the same event that brought a tragic end to his brother Caleb’s life just one year ago. Colten was flawless in his quest for X Games gold, pulling off tricks with unparalleled ease and confidence. Colten had the gold medal virtually locked up after his first run, allowing him to focus his second run on impressing his family and friends in attendance.
The following day, a new competition at Winter X pitted some of the best snocross racers, backcountry riders and freestyle athletes head-to-head in the snowmobile long jump event. Not surprisingly, FOX-equipped snowmobiles ridden by Levi LaVallee, Cory Davis, and Colten Moore swept the medal round, with LaVallee taking the gold with an impressive jump of just over 147 feet.
Sunday marked the final day of Winter X, with adaptive snocross and snocross as the day’s featured events. It was another FOX sweep in adaptive snocross where favorite Mike Schultz used FOX shocks to help optimize performance of both his sled and his prosthetic leg. Mike has proven to be an inspiration to all athletes after a snocross accident resulted in the loss of Mike’s left leg from just above the knee in 2008.
Mike not only returned to competition, but also started a company called Biodapt and developed his own prosthetic leg called the Moto Knee, which utilizes FOX shocks in its design. In addition to Schultz’s win, Garrett Goodwin and Doug Henry rode their FOX-equipped sleds across the line for Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
The finale of Winter X was once again the snocross competition, where FOX athlete Tucker Hibbert was looking to set the all-time Winter X Games consecutive gold medal count. As has been the case the entire season, Hibbert was an early favorite who quickly found himself at the front of the 15-sled pack.
Hibbert easily won his seventh consecutive gold medal, beating the record previously he held along with snowboarding athlete Shaun White. Following Hibbert across the line with silver and bronze medals draped around their necks were Kody Kamm and Justin Broberg, giving FOX-equipped sleds another medal sweep.
“Winter X Games is the big show for our sport,” said FOX Snowmobile Race Manager Rick Strobel. “To have every racer who won gold running a sled with FOX shocks is about as good as it gets. Everyone puts their hearts and souls to get to this point, and the information we learn is so valuable towards the future development of FOX shocks. The athletes keep pushing which forces us to keep pushing as well and making improvements.”
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