‘ve got the TiVo set to record all the xtreme happenings at the ESPN Winter X Games VIII in Aspen. The snowcross and hillcross events this year are not surprisingly flooded with Minnesotans – 21 of 56 qualified riders are in fact from here. There are 5 snowboarders from the land of 10,000 lakes that qualified as well. One of the Hillcross riders is a friend of mine, and I hope he kicks some ass. They have practice today, and qualifying tomorrow. The quarter-finals and finals are on Wednesday.
For the first time in 4 years the snowcross event, which is now complete, wasn’t won by Blair Morgan. Morgan has won every race he’s entered in this year, so this is a bit surprising to see Michael Island win – actually his first pro win. The shot below is of Morgan, racing in the quarter finals last night, note he’s actually racing here, it’s not a jumping contest. Balls.
Update: My bud made it to the semi-finals, and should have made the finals but he got clipped. His fate was explained in this article as follows:
“In the final quarterfinal race, Chad Bauerly started off strong, but Chris Burandt clipped him and the two were knocked off course. Burandt was bucked off his sled and neither rider advanced to semis. “