The first day of the Winter X Games 13 from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado also featured the Men’s Snowboard Big Air Competition. The Snowboard Big Air competition featured four riders (Travis Rice, Andreas Wiig, Torstein Horgmo and Mikkel Bang) going big off an 80 foot gap jump. The winner was determined by the fan voting via text messaging.
Travis Rice was lucky to make the event as he took a massive bail on one of the gaps during his slopestyle practice.
But Travis dusted himself off and claimed victory in the X Games 13 Big Air Contest.
While I am always stoked to see professional snowboarding on television, ESPN needs to rethink their strategy on
collecting people’s mobile phone numbers for advertisers their snowboard big air competition. How can Big Air competitions in Europe and Japan be so radical while the premier US Big Air competition be so limited? The Winter X Games attracts all of the best snowboarders in the world yet we only get to see four of them ride the jump? Not taking anything away from the skills of Travis Rice but to allow the public to choose the winner is highly moronic especially in today’s world of technical snowboarding. Does the average person realize the difficulty between frontside and backside? Standard and switch? And to think that ESPN matched arguably the second most popular American snowboarder versus three Norwegians that are relatively unknown in the United States makes the competition even more laughable.
Winter X Games 13 Mens Snowboard Big Air Results