First married couple to compete against each other at the Summer X Games
Held over a half-mile (0.8-km) dirt course at the Circuit of the Americas race track near Austin in Texas, USA, the Harley-Davidson Flat-Track event is a fast and furious motorcycle race held at the Summer X Games. The startlist for its inaugural event on 4 Jun 2015 included Jared and Nichole Mees (both USA) – husband and wife professional racers. A mechanical fault on the final lap ended Jared’s chance of gold, but he returned the next year to win the race.
Held on 2 Jun, the 2016 event included Cory and Shayna Texter (both USA) – the first brother and sister to compete against each other at the Summer X Games. The siblings competed in the heats but neither was able to progress to the final. It was Shayna who earned the family bragging rights, finishing in 21st place – one spot higher than her brother.
Highest single-day attendance at the Winter X Games
On 30 Jan 2016, a total of 49,300 spectators flocked to Aspen in Colorado, USA, for the third day of Winter X Games Twenty. The weather was as extreme as the action, but a heavy snowstorm could not deter fans. They were rewarded with events including Skier and Mono Skier X and men’s Snowboard SuperPipe, plus music from DJ Snake and deadmau5.
Most Summer X Games medals won without winning gold
Between 1998 and 2016, Simon Tabron (UK) reached the podium 14 times without once getting the gold. His medal tally stands at six silver and eight bronze medals, all achieved in the BMX Vert discipine. At the 2016 X Games, Tabron’s best-run score of 86.00 over his two runs was good enough for silver, but he couldn’t overhaul compatriot Jamie Bestwick’s 90.66. Incredibly, this was the fifth time that Tabron had finished second behind Bestwick.
Most Snowboard Slopestyle medals won at the Winter X Games (female)
With her silver at the 2016 Winter X Games, Jamie Anderson (USA) had accrued a total of 11 medals in 2006-16. She took bronze in her Slopestyle debut in 2006 and has reached the . podium with every subsequent appearance. ‘ In total, Anderson can claim four gold medals, five silvers and two bronzes. At Aspen 2016, she registered a best-run score of 89.00, which put her in second place behind Canadian Spencer O’Brien on 91.00.
Most gold medals won at the Winter X Games (female)
When it comes to women’s Snowboard Cross, there is only one name to beat: Lindsey Jacobellis (USA). From 2003 to 2016, she won 10 gold medals in the event at the Winter X Games held in Aspen, Colorado, USA. This tally could well have been higher had she not lost two years of competition owing to injury.
While dominating the X Games for more than a decade, Jacobellis has twice suffered heartbreak at the Winter Olympics. At the 2006 games in Turin, Italy, she was holding a three-second lead approaching the end of the course when she fell attempting a method grab, losing the gold medal to Tanja Frieden (CHE). Jacobellis also took a tumble while in the lead of her heat at Sochi 2014, failing to even qualify for the final.