Daniel Bodin wins Best Trick gold
The 100-foot gap was the crux of the competition Sunday night during the GoPro Snowmobile Best Trick final as a Daniel Bodin standard beat out a pair of innovative contest firsts at X Games Aspen 2013.
Breaching the 90-point mark early in the contest, Bodin's Indian air backflip set the bar, not so much for its originality as its clean delivery across the course's biggest void.
While Joe Parson's newly minted "gator hater" and Heath Frisby's underflip both made history with their competitive debuts, they were landed across the lesser 75-foot gap.
Parsons and Frisby -- who won gold last year with the first competitive front flip -- would have to settle for silver and bronze, respectively.
Disappointed with the judges' ruling immediately after landing the "gator hater" -- a variation of his "gator wrestler" that has him seated backward on the landing -- Parsons said, "I guess when you do something brand new, it doesn't count for anything. (This is) the first time I've ever tried it and I flawlessly executed it. I'm just glad I did what I came here to do."
With the silver, Parsons' medal count climbed to 12, the second highest in Winter X Games history behind Shaun White.
For his part, Bodin, who captured event gold in 2011, was just grateful to have recovered from an injury last year that nearly ended his career.
"This is unreal," Bodin said. "I broke my neck last year, and I wasn't sure if I would ever ride again. Just to be back here and to get that gold again is unbelievable. I'm just so happy right now."
Promising to "bring something new and innovative to the snowmobiling community," Moto X crossover and X Games Aspen rookie Jackson Strong -- the two-time defending Moto X Best Trick gold medalist -- twice unleashed a body-varial variation he dubbed "The Jack" but was unable to land it successfully. Strong finished in sixth.
During Strong's first attempt at the trick, he crash-landed and saw his snowmobile continue to run when it hit the ground. The machine caromed into the crowd, eventually running into a fence before it was approached and turned off.
A spectator caught in the collision had his right knee evaluated on site before being released, according to X Games Medical.
The spectator's father said his son was not hit by the snowmobile, but rather was injured when trying to get out of the way.