One of the best extreme sports events is taking place right now in Aspen, Colorado. Winter X Games hosts the best snowboarders and skiers in the world, not to mention performances from Martin Garrix, LCD Soundsytem and Marshmello this year. Now is the perfect time to get to know some of the athletes competing a little bit better. And while you’re at it, you should also check out their photos as they don’t only give us sweet tricks on the slopes but also sweet pics on Instagram.
Chloe Kim from SoCal started snowboarding when she was just 4. At age 14, she won gold medal in the super pipe event of Winter X Games. At the US Grand Prix, she became the first female athelete to ever land back-to-back 1080s. She also scored a perfect 100 at the event making her the second rider to do so after Shaun White. Not only is she an amazing athlete but also super down to earth on her Instagram.
Montreal’s own superstar, (watch this video of him snowboarding near McMed) Seb Toots started snowboarding at age 9 when he broke his skis and took up a snowboard. He won his first event when he was 13. He then went on to win a silver and gold in the 2011 Winter X Games. On his instagram, you can watch him snowboard both on top of the mountains and on the streets of Montreal. Bonus: this video of him doing tricks in a Santa Claus costume
This Canadian cutie won his first World Cup slopestyle competition at age 16. The next year, he finished second in slopestyle at Winter X Games after Sebastien Toutant, whom he has known since age 14. In 2011, he was the first snowboarder to land a backside triple cork 1440. He then landed a switch backside triple cork 1620 at the 2017 US Open. Follow his instagram for videos of him doing mind-blowing tricks —the 24 year old said he does not work with coaches because he has yet to meet a coach who can do what he can on a snowboard.
Christy Prior from New Zealand won the bronze medal at Winter X Games 2015. She only learned how to snowboard when she was 17 in the indoor facilities of Auckland. After that she quickly developed. She won the Burton European Open in 2014 and got a silver at the Laax Open in Switzerland in 2016. Her instagram is really fun with videos of her snowboarding, surfing and doing yoga in various places around the world.
The gold-medal winner of the Women’s Ski SuperPipe event today from the first day of Winter X Games 2018, Maddie Bowman is a freestyle skier from California. Skiing since she was two years old, at first she trained as a ski racer until she discovered her passion for freestyle. She won the first Olympic gold medal in women’s halfpipe skiing in 2014. She also won gold at the Winter X Games for 4 consecutive years. She has done back-to-back 900s and the first switch 900 ever by a female skier. You can follow her Instragram to try to keep up with her wins.
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