Parsons repeats as X Games freestyle gold medalist; Davis seventh

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Joe Parsons, above, won a gold medal in Snowmobile Freestyle at the Aspen X Games in late January and third in Best Trick. Soldotna’s Cory Davis took seventh in Freestyle and fifth in Best Trick. Alaska adaptive rider Paul Thacker placed fifth in Snocross. Courtesy Photo.

Joe Parsons, above, won a gold medal in Snowmobile Freestyle at the Aspen X Games in late January and third in Best Trick. Soldotna’s Cory Davis took seventh in Freestyle and fifth in Best Trick. Alaska adaptive rider Paul Thacker placed fifth in Snocross. Courtesy Photo.

Ski-Doo X Team rider Joe Parsons nabbed his second straight gold medal in Snowmobile Freestyle at ESPN’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., in late January. His style and clean landings racked up points, and on the last jump he threw in a new spin move to seal the gold with a high score of 93.00. Soldotna’s Cory Davis placed seventh in the event.
Parsons’ victory makes him the only athlete to win back-to-back Freestyle gold. He also picked up a bronze medal in the Best Trick competition. Davis placed fifth in that category. Daniel Bodin, a 32-year-old rider from Sweden, took the gold.
In the Snocross Adaptive race, rider Mike Schultz nabbed the win, while Alaskan racer Paul Thacker placed fifth. Schultz, 35, won the 10-lap final by nearly 6 seconds to win his eighth gold medal overall, and the sixth in the Snocross Adaptive category.
Polaris racer Petter Narsa of Hentges Racing launched into the lead the instant the green flag flew and led throughout the 30-lap final to win the gold medal in Snowmobile Snocross.
“I can’t describe it right now,” the 24-year-old Swede said in a press release of the win. “I had a good hole shot and just ran away with it. You just had to follow the fast line that developed.”

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