To give you some highlights, there were both fresh faces on the podium and repeat gold medalists, with the most notable absence on the podium being the great Shaun White. Shaun was tempted out from “retirement” to compete in one last Winter X in an effort to claim a 14th gold medal. Unfortunately for Shaun, his best run could not compete with the young guns of the Mens Snowboard SuperPipe and he placed 4th — still, not bad! Danny Davis on the other hand threw down a jaw dropping gold medal run that made him the repeat champion. Like it? Stay tuned for the feature length film coming in November 2015 around the multi-time champ and his incredible story to the top.
In another sign that the kids are coming, Chloe Kim became the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever, overtaking the greatest women’s snowboarder of all time on her final run in the halfpipe final Saturday night. Kim, who wasn’t even born until 2000, scored 92 points in her third and final run. Chloe suffered a huge crash in practice, but regrouped and bounced back to take the Gold when it mattered. With that, she pushed four-time reigning X Games champion Kelly Clark to silver.
Red Bull athlete and fan favorite Mark McMorris came in with a big question mark over his head. After all the hype and disappointing results at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Mark had something to prove. And prove he did: Mark went out and won gold in Big and Slopestyle, sinking in that he is still the best in the world. See Mark in action in the hit film “Shred Bots The Movie,” available now on iTunes. Mark also has his own feature length film project coming this fall — be on the lookout for a teaser drop this summer through his Instagram.
In addition to all of the action that goes down on the mountain, the music scene was at an all-time peak this year (no pun intended), with Snoop Dog, Skrillex, Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa all taking the stage in front of a massive crowds on the snow. Skrillex destroyed Aspen with a set that will be talked about for years to come — fans stomped the snow to death for 60 minutes straight.
All in all, ESPN has really increased the on-site fan experience and the record attendance we saw this year demonstrates it. We’ll see you next year, Aspen!