Tucker Hibbert continues dominance
ASPEN, Colo. -- Cementing his status as one of the most dominant athletes in X Games history, Tucker Hibbert led from start to finish in Sunday's 15-man Snowmobile SnoCross final to capture the first six-peat in X Games winter sports history.
Hibbert took the lead after one lap and gradually extended his gap over silver medalist Ross Martin on the 0.6-mile Buttermilk Mountain course. After two laps, he led by three seconds; after four laps, the deficit had more than doubled.
Hibbert consistently pinned his throttle high into the turns and coasted to victory by 11 seconds over Martin, with Tim Tremblay taking bronze, 26 seconds after Hibbert crossed the finish line.
Hibbert, who was was particularly motivated to win after the X Games dropped SnoCross last year, was immediately hugged by his father, Kirk, and swarmed by his team.
Asked how he makes it look easy year after year, Hibbert said: "It's not easy, that's for sure. Getting to the track and being here is the easy part. It's all the work that goes on back at the race shop and at the test track and at the gym. I haven't felt this good in a long time. I keep getting better as I get older, I feel like."
Hibbert, 28, won his seventh career SnoCross gold medal 13 years after he won his first, at age 15. He is still the youngest gold medalist in X Games winter sports history. His latest victory came a few hours before snowboarder Shaun White was to try for his own six-peat in the Buttermilk SuperPipe.
"I've been doing this for so long, and I still had butterflies all morning," Hibbert said. "That's what keeps it fun. I think the six-peat added to that. I'm excited for Shaun -- I hope he can pull it off later tonight and we can both hold six-peats."
Martin took no consolation from finishing second to Hibbert.
"It was one of those days -- he was on it," Martin said. "I gave it my all, but I ended up with second. I want to beat him every time. In the regular series it happens, but there's something about this race, it hasn't happened in a long time."
Snowmobile SnoCross Final