Torstein Horgmo made history with an absolutely HUGE first place victory in the X Games Aspen 2013 Big Air competition. The snowboarder threw a switch backside triple cork 1440 on his 7th attempt at the mega-sized jump to earn 50.00 and a backside triple cork 1440 in his first run for 44.00 awarding the rider a combined score of 94.00.
Horgmo spoke of the preparation that went into his winning tricks, explaining simply, “I tried this trick a week ago and I figured I would try it here.”
The competition was fierce with competitor Mark McMorris throwing a cab triple cork 1440 in his 7th run to earn 48.00 and a backside cab triple cork 1440 in his 4th run for 46.00. McMorris was awarded a collective 94.00, but since he did not have the highest single run score, he was destined for second place.
At one point the competition seemed to be in the hands of Stale Sandbech, but his dual backside triple cork 1440's in the 1st and 3rd run only garnered scores of 42.00 and 49.00, earning the Sandbech a collective 91.00.
Honorable mention goes out to Seb Toots, whose final score of 48.00 does little justice to the spectacular maneuvers he attempted to throw down.
While there is only one champion, this year's Big Air event marked the next era in competitive snowboarding. The talk of Big Air triple's in this year's X Games was more than just talk — the entire competitive scene has just evolved before our eyes. Several of tonight's competitors incorporated triple's into their arsenal of tricks, masterfully pulling off what was considered impossible a few short months ago.