2020 X Games Pleases and Rocks – as Always

2020 X Games Pleases and Rocks – as Always

January 30, 2020 Off By Gerardo Federico
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    2020 XGames - Photo by Gerardo Federico for DenverThread
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    2020 XGames - Photo by Gerardo Federico for DenverThread
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Photos and Story by Gerardo Federico

 What can I say about covering the 24th X Games – and 19th straight in Aspen? This year – being the 3rd straight for me – quickly brought back memories of the off-kilter smell of fuel in the crisp mountain air. I was awash in the steam and exhaust streaming from the Snow Bike engines roaring throughout Buttermilk Mountain.

As I trudged, huffing and puffing and losing my breath, up the mountain, I caught an unmatchable picturesque scene of Aspen at the top. I took in the scene with so many people out here in the bright, cold sunshine to watch these extreme athletes work their freaked-out magic. This year’s X Games 15 Coloradans qualified, and here’s a list of how they did.

Taylor Gold  (Steamboat Springs) – Gold Medal Snowboard SuperPipe Session, 6th Snowboard SuperPipe.

Alex Ferreira (Aspen) – Gold Ski SuperPipe, 2nd in Special Olympics unified skier and pranger.

Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte) – 2nd Ski SuperPipe

Jake Pates (Eagle) – 2nd Snowboard SuperPipe Session, 13th Snowboard SuperPipe

Red Gerard (Silverthorne) – 3rd Place Snowboard Slopestyle

Gus Kenworthy (Telluride) – 1st in Special Olympics Unified Skiing with Lyons, 10th Ski Slopestyle, 12th Ski SuperPipe

Birk Irving (Winter Park) – 5th Ski SuperPipe

Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen) – 6th Ski Knuckle Huck

Mark Wilson (Denver) – 14th Snow Bike Cross

Taylor Seaton (Avon) – 10th Ski SuperPipe

Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge) – 13th Ski SuperPipe

Lyman Currier (Boulder) – 6th Ski SuperPipe

Jake Canter (Silverthorne) – 6th Snowboard Knuckle Huck

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    2020 XGames - Photo by Gerardo Federico for DenverThread
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    2020 XGames - Photo by Gerardo Federico for DenverThread
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    2020 XGames - Photo by Gerardo Federico for DenverThread

If you ever get the chance to check the X Games out, rest assured that it’s incredibly thrilling! Parking is free (there are shuttles that run around the clock all through the event). Admission is free, but you do have to pay for the concerts.

Tons of food options, including free Wendy’s hamburgers (if you can wait in the always-packed line)! This year also showed off a new National Geographic exhibit that lets you climb Mt. Everest from your seat, sporting the latest in Virtual Reality goggles. And there are many parents and families walking around showing off the latest in snow wear – I even ran into a lady with heated gloves!

The X Games isn’t without danger, though – I witnessed an almost disastrous snow bike accident. But then we snowmobiled up to the top of the mountain for the Snowboard Slopestyle practice session, and for some awesome pictures. It was a wonderful time with old and new friends – and an extraordinary event that won’t disappoint you!