As the 2014 XGames close today in Aspen with the Snowboard SuperPipe Men's Final at 7:15pm, we begin to think about the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. Although the Alpine team hasn't been chosen as yet, we have 4 Aspenites heading to the Olympics and this town couldn't be more excited! Torin Yater-Wallace will be on the men's skiing half-pipe team, Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton are Nordic skiers, and Aspen native Jeremy Abbott will compete in figure skating. CONGRATS to all these amazing athletes!
BUT LET'S RECAP A FEW OF THE many "beyond" moments at this year's XGames, and knowing that it will take place in Aspen for the next 5 years has everyone pumped!
You could not have attended the Games on Thursday night and been untouched by Colten Moore as he sat on his snowmobile his eyes wet with tears. He clinched the most emotional gold medal in the 20-year history of the X Games, winning in Snowmobile Freestyle one year after his older brother and best friend, Caleb, crashed and suffered fatal injuries in the same event. With 60 family members and friends cheering him on, it is a reminder that these games, and winter sports in general are something that really involves family as these athletes generally start at a young age and excel with support of parents and family.