The X Games snowmobile freestyle final event ran in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday, January 28, 2010.
Freestyle snowmobiling is one of the most daring snowmobile sports, and certainly an event that’s all about impressing both spectators and judges. In Freestyle, snowmobile riders take short runs at a ramp that launches them high in the air, where they do such tricks as backflips and somersaults. The freestyle snowmobile event was added to the Winter X Games in 2007 for X Games 11.
The 2010 Winter X Games 14 snowmobile freestyle event was held on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Both the eliminations and finals ran on Thursday, January 28, 2010. Freestyle was the first of the snowmobile events. Only one snowmobiler, Levi LaVallee, competed in all four snowmobile events: Snowmobile Freestyle, Snowmobile Best Trick, Snowmobile Snocross and a new for 2010, Snowmobile Knock Out.
Twelve riders participated in the Freestyle event. Riders not in the medals included: Heath Frisby, Daniel Bodin, Sam Rogers, Caleb Moore, Colten Moore, Jeff Mullin, Isaac Surebine, Paul Thacker, and Jimmy Fejes.
Caleb Moore, new to the sport in December, 2009, just a couple of months before the X Games, finished with the bronze medal. Moore trained and participated in ATV freestyle as well.
Silver medalist, Joe Parsons, had already earned two gold medals at the 2009 Winter X Games for a total of four medals in five starts. In 2010, Parsons also took a bronze medal in the new snowmobile knockout event, bringing his total X games medals to six.
Justin Hoyer took the gold medal for 2010. Hoyer was the first person to flip both sleds and dirtbikes in competitions, making him one of the best pure freestyle drivers. This was Hoyer’s second freestyle medal, after taking a silver at Winter X Games 13 in 2009.
X Games Freestyle Medals for 2010
Gold — Justin Hoyer
Silver — Joe Parsons
Bronze — Caleb Moore
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