It's hard to say for sure. Every contest has been different this year as far as what judges are looking for. Last night I was finally feeling on point, and practice went really well. I'm definitely feeling like I'm sizing up to the competition --like Shaun...and well, Shaun basically. I definitely held back last night on a couple tricks. I didn't want to throw all my tricks out there like Antti and Finch. I mean, I got in the finals yet I still have something saved up for tonight. I left out my back-to-back 1080s, switch alley-oop rodeos...so basically I'll try and get that back-to-back combo and just go bigger than I did last night.
Aguirre on the competition:
Louie Vito: Vito is really consistent. You're not going to see him fall very much. He's going to put a run down that he's going to land. I would say that he's definitely a threat.
Andy Finch: Finch is one of those riders that's just really explosive. He's either going to do well and win the contest or get last. Finch isn't the type of rider who's going to throw down a conservative run. I know he's dealing with some injuries right now--he's got a bunk ankle, a hurt shoulder, or wrist or something like that. But you know, he's a trooper. He knows how to fight for it.
Kevin Pearce: Kevin is dominate. Especially last year, and this year, and you know can't ever count him out. He had a little trouble with his run last night, but he got in there. He had that crash earlier this week, had to get stitches, had a sprained wrist and a concussion--so I'm sure it's been tough for him to block that out. But I think he'll make his adjustments, and be able to show everyone what he's capable of.
Antti Autti: Antti is also one of those guys who is consistent. He knows what it takes to put down a good run. Every once in a while he'll pull it--and he's won X Games before.
Elijah Teter: Elijah has that riding style that nobody else has, throwing in all those switch variations--and a lot of things that don't really get respected as much, because what he's doing kind of goes unnoticed. There's a subtlety to his riding, which to me is almost like a gem because now--I mean look at last night, he was doing 12-foot switch backside airs out of a pipe. It's good to see him get the love and the respect, because he's been trying to put that run together all season.
Steve Fisher: Fisher is one of those guys man--he's aggressive. He's one of those dudes that's just going to go for it, all three runs. You never know. He's won X Games twice, but he's also not made finals, he's had his struggles, and whatever, he's had his moments of glory. You never know.
Shaun White: Yeah dude, Shaun...you know...I don't want to be on the bandwagon with everyone else. "Oh he's so ridiculous!" Everyone already knows how good Shaun is. He knows it. I don't need to add to that list. At times it's a little frustrating, competing against him in every single final and every single contest for the last, like, four years now. I'd like to come out ahead tonight. For real. I'm not trying to make a claim or anything, but I definitely feel like his riding style isn't as on point as it used to be. Kevin's stepping up, Lago's stepping up, and all these other kids, but at the same time you know how good he is--that he has the best edge control of anybody, that he is smart about the way he rides and how he puts his run together. He's just very analytical about his mistakes and imperfections, and not a lot of people can do that. We'll see what happens.