X Games athletes give thanks
The holidays will soon be upon us, and before X Games starts readying for X Games Aspen 2016, we're all going to enjoy some time off with friends and family, celebrating Thanksgiving. In recognition of the holiday, X Games reached out to X Games athletes near and far to see what they're thankful for this holiday season.
Thankful for early snow
Between the airing of Peace Park on ABC's "World of X Games" and a recent visit to ESPN campus, X Games Aspen 2015 Men's Snowboard SuperPipe gold medalist Danny Davis is staying busy. But now he's back in the mountains, appreciating the simpler things in life. "I am thankful for early season snow in the Sierras," says Davis.
Thankful for the challenges
X Games Aspen 2014 Women's Ski Slopestyle gold medalist Kaya Turski puts a positive spin on the rougher times she's endured in life. "Looking back, I've come out much stronger from the difficult times. So I'm thankful for the challenges, 'the ride,' and the beautiful opportunities and people that come shining through when you open yourself up to them," says Turski.
Thankful for mom's inspiration
X Games Austin 2015 BMX Big Air gold medalist Colton Satterfield landed the world's first double flair on the MegaRamp in June, but he's more thankful for his mother's influence than landing new tricks. "I'm grateful for my mother and her inspiring example. She taught me that no matter how difficult the goal may seem, and however many things are stacked against you, that it is only your mindset that determines success or failure," says Satterfield.
Thankful for freedom
X Games Austin 2014 Skateboard Vert bronze medalist Mitchie Brusco is wise beyond his years. At age 18, Brusco understands that he's been blessed with the opportunity to skate for a living. "I'm thankful for my family and friends that I can share my days with. I'm also thankful for the freedom of life and all of its possibilities. What we can do with each day is our choice," says Brusco.
Thankful for skating every day
Following her addition to the Nike SB pro team (Bufoni is the first woman on the pro team) and a standout video part for The Berrics, X Games Austin 2014 Women's Skateboard Street bronze medalist Leticia Bufoni has a lot to be thankful for. "I am thankful to be able to skate everyday and to have amazing friends, family and fans," says Bufoni.
Thankful for being happy and healthy
X Games Austin 2014 BMX Park gold medalist Chase Hawk kept it simple when approached about what he's thankful for. "I'm glad to be healthy, happy and thankful that I'm still able to do what I love for a living," says Hawk.
Thankful for dreams becoming reality
Between the premiere of his new film "In Motion" and an ESPYS nomination, X Games Aspen 2015 Snowboard Slopestyle gold medalist Mark McMorris has had a big year, but he's still thankful for the bigger picture. "I'm thankful that my lifelong dream became a reality," says McMorris.
Thankful for family
Levi LaVallee suffered an event-ending injury during warm-ups for X Games Aspen 2015 Snowmobile Long Jump, but he recovered and is raring to go for 2016. His motivation comes from his family. "I am thankful for my family. They motivate me to push hard every day," says LaVallee.
Thankful for health and motivation
X Games Austin 2015 BMX Dirt bronze medalist Chris Doyle is currently at home in Pittsburgh enduring the cold, but he's got a lot to be thankful for this year. "I'm thankful that I'm still healthy and motivated enough to go out and ride. I'm thankful to be 34 and still have a career in the topsy-turvy world of BMX, and I'm thankful for my sponsors that continue to support me regardless of the ever-changing trends in BMX. Most importantly, I'm thankful to have a wife that still supports and encourages a grown man to continue living out his childhood dreams on a BMX bike," says Doyle.
Thankful for burritos?
X Games Austin 2014 Moto X Speed & Style gold medalist Mike Mason (pictured right) competed in Real Moto 2015, enjoyed a visit to ESPN campus and continued to compose his own music through 2015, but he's most thankful for burritos. "I am very thankful for my life and every person in it. I have the best family and friends a guy could ask for. I get to ride my dirt bike for a living, and it even pays for my Chipotle addiction," says Mason.
Thankful for the life she's living
Following her gold medal win in Women's Snowboard Slopestyle at X Games Aspen 2015, Silje Norendal had a breakout year. And her momentum hasn't slowed, thanks in part to those around her. "I love my family and friends, and I love what I do. I am thankful for the life that I'm living, and all of the people in it," says Norendal.
Thankful for friends and family
Anthony Napolitan pulled the first double front flip in X Games BMX Big Air, and he's thankful for the friends and family that surround him. "I'm thankful for my family and friends. My mom, sister, brother Ronnie and his new wife Kelsey, plus my fiancee Joy and her family. And all of the guys that I ride and dig with at the trails on the daily and the support I get from both parties," says Napolitan.