Levi LaVallee wins another gold
Claiming his second gold medal in as many events during X Games Aspen 2013, Levi LaVallee outpaced and outstyled Cory Davis for all three laps Saturday in the Snowmobile Speed & Style Final.
Davis had posted the fastest qualifying time and was expected to score heavily in that respect, but LaVallee took the lead through the first corner and never looked back.
"It's great," LaVallee said. "I just tried to get on the course as fast as I could and just remember to do my tricks big, and it worked out. Cory was all over me. Hats off to Cory for just charging the whole time."
LaVallee maintained a solid spread throughout the race and landed harder tricks -- such as a kiss-of-death flip and a cordova flip -- through the jump sections. His combined score of 90.95 beat Davis' 85.66.
Davis adds a silver medal to a pair of Speed & Style bronzes (2009, '11). His shot Saturday for gold came after an upset over two-time and defending Speed & Style gold medalist Joe Parsons in the semifinals.
Coming into a turn a bit too hot, Parsons high-sided over the berm, dumping his sled and opening a door to the final for Davis.
In the race for bronze, Parsons and Willie Elam aggressively tangled up their handlebars through Turn 1, forcing both riders off course and wide around the first jump set.
Race officials flew the red flag, and the two racers lined up for a restart, which produced another tangle around Turn 1 as both riders again lost control and rode off the course.
With the second red flag, Parsons drew a penalty and was relegated to the back row for the race's third start.
To make up for the time deficit, Parsons needed quickly to unleash his highest-scoring tricks, and even with a five-second differential on the third and final lap, he edged Elam to claim his 11th X Games snowmobile medal.