SnoCross at X Games Aspen 2015
Veteran SnoCross rider and motocross racer Doug Henry, 45, tries to close the gap on eventual Adaptive SnoCross winner Garrett Goodwin, 22, on Sunday. Goodwin, a mechanical engineering student, designed and fabricated his third custom snowmobile seat for X Games Aspen 2015, based on what he's learned from previous competitions.
Adaptive Gold: Garrett Goodwin
Garrett Goodwin now owns an X Games medal of every color. In 2013, he won bronze in SnoCross Adaptive. Last year, he took the silver. And this year at Aspen, Goodwin, who became paralyzed from the waist down in a motocross accident in 2011, claimed his first gold medal.
Eight in a Row
With his victory on Sunday, Tucker Hibbert now has eight X Games SnoCross gold medals and owns the longest winning streak in winter X Games history and the second-longest winning streak in XG history, second only to Jamie Bestwick's nine straight BMX Vert gold medals. "This has been an amazing day for us," Hibbert said. "We've got eight in a row."
With Hibbert's domination, the race was essentially a competition for silver and bronze. Kody Kamm, 20 (pictured here) and one of the youngest SnoCross racers at X Games Aspen, took silver. Ross Martin earned the bronze medal. Martin has three national series points titles in addition to his now five XG SnoCross medals.
Youngest and Oldest
Until 14-year-old Chloe Kim won gold in women's Snowboard SuperPipe on Saturday night, Tucker Hibbert held the record for the youngest gold medalist in X Games winter event history. (He was 15 years old when he won SnoCross gold in 2000.) On Sunday, Hibbert, now 30, became the oldest athlete to win XG SnoCross gold.
Just two rookies -- Corin Todd (pictured here in blue) and John Stenberg -- were part of the 20-man roster. Both Todd and Stenberg qualified for the finals, finishing in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Three countries were represented in the SnoCross field: the U.S., Canada and Sweden. Americans made up a majority of the field, with 14 countrymen from the U.S. No other rider besides Hibbert in the 2015 field has won XG SnoCross gold.
Bumpy conditions presented a challenge to all the riders, even Hibbert. "It got really chewed out," Hibbert said about the track. "The first seven or eight laps, I was jumping and feeling good, but then I had to tone it down."
"I wish I knew [Hibbert's] secrets," said silver medalist Kody Kamm, one of the only riders to steal a national victory from Hibbert over the past three years. "[To beat him] will take a lot of hard work and him getting a bad start."
The consensus amongst the SnoCross athletes: Tucker Hibbert has achieved this top position through hard work, sheer talent and proprietary preparations. He's rightly earned his eight gold medals.