History has been made Sunday at Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain. France's Ophelie David took home her fourth straight Women's Skier X gold medal, making her the first skier -- male or female -- of any Winter X skiing discipline to four-peat. The 33-year-old mother of two passed the two Canadian women -- Kelsey Serwa, 20, and Ashleigh McIvor, 26 -- that finished second and third, respectively, halfway through the course and held them off to claim a record fourth gold medal.
"It's so amazing because when I started, I was in fourth," explained an exhausted David at the finish. "I knew it would be quite tough to pass them, but I absorbed the jumps really well and it worked. I'm so super, super happy."
The Canadian men managed to add one more skier to the podium than their female teammates.
Colorado Springs-born, Vail, Colorado-raised Chris Del Bosco won his first Winter X Games while teammates Dave Duncan and Brady Lemen finished second and third, respectively. The 220-pound Del Bosco led from the start, but Duncan was hot on his ski tails through the middle of the course on the jump section. Nevertheless, Del Bosco never lost the lead, taking aggressive lines through the banked turns.
"We came in here really strong and managed to get four into the final and swept the podium," said an elated Del Bosco of the Canadian sweep. "I felt him [Duncan] a bit, but when you're in front like that, you just got to keep your head down and go."
The sweep could be a precursor to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, as three men -- Del Bosco, Duncan, and Stan Hayer -- hope to continue the podium sweep trend. "This is so huge heading into the Olympics in our home country," remarked Del Bosco, a product of Team Canada's massive effort to score a gold medal in Vancouver. "We got three guys on the podium here, so hopefully we can do the same there."