Two Alaskans among X Games invitees

by • January 9, 2017 • Highlights, Home Display, Snowmachine BriefsComments Off on Two Alaskans among X Games invitees161

Alaskan snowmachine riders Cory Davis and Paul Thacker are among the athletes invited to participate in X Games Aspen 2017, which will be held Jan. 26-29 at Buttermilk Mountain in Colorado.

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Paul Thacker.

Davis, of Soldotna, will participate in freestyle and Thacker will compete in adaptive snowcross event. The list of invited athletes was released Nov. 15. Davis, 28, is a six-time X Games medalist with three silver and three bronze medals on his resume. He finished just outside the medals in the 2016 freestyle event, finishing fourth behind Joe Parsons, Heath Frisby and Brett Turcotte.

Davis made his X Games debut in 2007 and has competed every year since.
“I’ll be there,” Davis confirmed to Alaska SnowRider via email in December.

Anchorage’s Thacker will be looking to improve on his silver-medal run in last year’s adaptive snowcross race. A former world-record holder for longest snowmachine jump, Thacker suffered a spinal injury in 2010 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His silver medal in the 2016 event was his first since making his X Games debut in 2008. Thacker wasted little time sharing his excitement about the upcoming games.

Corey Davis.

Corey Davis.

“Oh man … here we go again!” Thacker tweeted Nov. 16 while sharing a start list for the adaptive race. “I’ve lost count of how many of these I have been involved in at this…”
For the record, Aspen 2017 will be Thacker’s seventh X Games and his fourth as an adaptive rider.
Other invited snowmachine riders include Logan Christian, Heath Frisby (an Alaskan who now lives in Idaho), Tucker Hibbert, Elias Ishoel, Levi LaVallee, Ross Martin, Colten Moore, Kyle Pallin, Joe Parsons, E.J. Poplawski, Adam Renheim, Mike Schultz, Corin Todd, Tim Tremblay, Jeff Tweet and Jim Wazny. For more, visit xgames.espn.com.

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