Levi Lavallee took the gold medal in the ESPN X Games brand new 2010 snowmobile event — snowmobile knock out, on Sunday, January 31, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado. Knock out is a jump event where the snowmobile driver performing the shortest jump is knocked out in each round.
Six of the top snocross drivers participated in this first-ever event. Drivers took turns launching from a steel take-off ramp over the 75 foot gap to land in the snow. Distance was measured to the landing point, with the longest distance winning each round, and the shortest being eliminated.
Lavallee was middle of the pack in the first go-round, achieving a jump of 1402 inches. Paul Thacker, ramping 1145 inches was eliminated.
Robbie Malinoski was eliminated in the second round and Tucker Hibbert in the third. Joe Parsons earned the bronze medal in the fourth round with a jump of 1773 inches.
The final, fifth round featured Chris Burandt and Levi Lavallee fighting for the gold and silver medals. Burandt’s final jump was 1886 inches, while Lavallee beat that mark by more than 100 inches at 2001 inches or 50.8254 meters/55.583 yards.
Levi Lavallee, nicknamed Launchin’ Levi, began competing in snowmobile snocross events in 2002. He resides in Longville, MN.
Results for 2010 Snowmobile Knock Out:
Levi Lavallee — Gold medal (2001 inches)
Chris Burandt — Silver medal (1886 inches)
Joe Parsons — Bronze medal (1773 inches)
ESPN 2010 news release: http://espn.go.com/