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Wins for Kelly Sildaru, Marcus Kleveland and Daniel Bodin on super Sunday.
The Winter X Games came to a close on Sunday with yet more records broken in Aspen.
Teenage sensation Sildaru became the first athlete to win two gold medals before turning 15 and the youngest ever to win two medals at the same Games.
The 14-year-old from Tallinn in Estonia successfully defender her Women’s Ski Slopestyle title from 12 months ago to add to the silver she claimed in the Big Air competition on Saturday.
After edging out France’s Tess Ledeux with runs of 92.33 and 91.33, Sildura said: “I wanted to do a better run, but because I’m so light, I have speed problems. But it ended up well, I’m super happy.”
At 17, Kleveland is no veteran himself, but in his first visit to Aspen he confirmed himself as the new star of freestyle snowboarding by clinching gold in the Slopestyle.
The young Norwegian looked confident fresh off taking Big Air silver on Friday and nailed his first run with a score of 91.66.
Tyler Nicholson and X Games legend Mark McMorris pushed him close but had to settle for silver and bronze respectively.
Kleveland said: “This weekend couldn’t have gone any better. I would never have thought I would get a podium, especially in Slopestyle.
“Not improving on my last score, just standing down there is the worst. Because all the best riders are left to drop. You are always standing with your heart in your throat.”
To finish off the four days, the snowmobile riders took the stage in the Best Trick event.
Daniel Bodin completed a memorable week, in which he became the first person to ever land a double backflip, by winning the gold medal.
A seat-grabbing backflip secured his third Best Trick gold, and his fifth X Games medal while Heath Frisby and Colten Moore, who attempted the double backflip, failed in their attempts.
Bodin said: “I was nervous especially after seeing my friends get hurt. I want to thank everyone. I don’t have any more words. Four years, I had injury after injury, but never give up. Hard work pays off.”