WINTER X GAMES: LaVallee, Schultz capture gold medals
ASPEN, Colo. — Levi LaVallee of Longville captured his second gold medal in as many events during X Games Aspen.
Mike Schultz of Pillager struck gold for the third time in his career in SnoCross Adaptive.
LaVallee outpaced and outstyled Cory Davis for all three laps Saturday in the Snowmobile Speed & Style Final.
Davis had posted the fastest qualifying time but LaVallee took the lead through the first corner and never looked back.
“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,” LaVallee told ESPN. “Cory was all over me. Hats off to Cory for just charging the whole time.”
LaVallee executed harder tricks, such as kiss-of-death and cordova flips, through the jump sections. His combined score of 90.95 beat Davis’ 85.66.
On Thursday, LaVallee won gold in Snowmobile Freestyle.
Schultz crashed on the first turn but rallied for gold in SnoCross Adaptive.
All eyes were on the two-time defending Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist as he gunned for a three-peat Sunday.
As 2010 bronze medalist Doug Henry, who’s partially paralyzed from the waist down, slotted the hole shot, with amputee and two-time medalist Jim Wazny breathing down his neck, Schultz swung his prosthetic leg back over his sled and launched the ultimate comeback.
By the halfway mark of the fifth and final lap, the 31-year-old Schultz had climbed his way back from dead last, overtaking Garret Goodwin through the downhill section, to pass Henry and hold on through the checkered flag.
“How about that for some excitement?” Schultz told ESPN after the race. “I’m like, ‘Oh, man! I’ve got some work to make up here.’ I didn’t know if I was going to be able to catch (Henry).”