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XGames athletes exit for Sochi

x-games2014.jpgDid you watch the Winter XGames from Aspen this weekend? Skiing and snowboarding's best athletes threw big tricks in front of huge Colorado crowds. For many this was a build up to the Olympics in two weeks. The XGames are like the MTV Awards to winter sports, edgier than the Olympics or the Grammy's -which were airing along with the XGames last night. Believe me, I was torn, channel flipping from ESPN in Aspen to ABC's Grammy coverage from Hollywood.

In case you missed it, some of the big winners at Winter X include Kelly Clark, the 30-year old snowboarder from Vermont won her fourth X Games Gold in Snowboard SuperPipe. This is Clark's 12th X Games medal, making her the most decorated female athlete in X Games history. Clark is on the Road to Sochi, she will compete in Olympic Halfpipe with teammates Kaitlyn Farrington - who took XGames Silver at Aspen, and Vermont's Hannah Teter.

In Men's Snowboard SuperPipe, Danny Davis won Gold with big air, with Louie Vito earning silver and Greg Bretz bronze. Of course, six time Gold medal winner Shaun White pulled out of the XGames, saving his snowboard skills for Sochi. You will see White compete against his teammates Danny Davis and Greg Betz at Sochi's Rosa Khutor on Feb 11 in Olympic Superpipe. Shaun White will also perform in the first ever Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle on Feb 8.

In Men's Ski Slopestyle, Nick Goepper won his 2nd X Games Gold, he's on his way to Sochi to compete in the first ever Olympics ski slopestyle, along with teammates Gus Kenworthy, Joss Christensen and Bobby Brown. If you have been to the Dumont Cup at Sunday River, you have seen these guys compete alongside Simon Dumont. Unfortunately, Dumont injured his ACL, sidelining him from both the XGames and Olympics.

In Men's Ski Halfpipe, David Wise won his 3rd XGames Gold, he'll head to Olympic Ski Halfpipe's debut along with Torin Yater-Wallace - the 18 year old super skier from Aspen. In Women's Ski Halfpipe Maddie Bowman won Gold, she is competing in Sochi's first Women's Olympic Ski Halfpipe, along with Andover, Mass. teammate Annalisa Drew.

In Men's Snowboard Cross, Nate Holland won his 6th Gold, beating fellow Olympic bound SBX Alex Diebold and Trevor Jacob. In a surprising twist, Sugarloafer Seth Wescott was eliminated early at Aspen, and did not secure a spot on the Olympic Snowboard Cross team to defend his two Gold medals. Nick Baumgartner will go to Sochi as the 4th man instead.

In Women's Snowboard Cross Lindsey Jacobellis won her 8th Winter X Games Gold breaking a record for most titles won by a woman in a Winter X Games career. Jacobellis is going to Sochi, you may remember she hit a gate and was disqualified at Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and missed Gold at the 2006 Olympics when she led the pack but went for a victory grab on the final jump and fell, grabbing silver instead.
xgames-sbx.jpgSo its all about the Road to Sochi now for many of these US Ski and Snowboard athletes. Go TeamUSA.

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