Colten and Caleb Moore Claim Winter X Games 2012 Gold and Bronze Respectively

 
 
Walking away after a 120-foot spill is good - winning 2012 X Games Gold - priceless. Photo by Todd Williams.
Walking away after a 120-foot spill is good - winning 2012 X Games Gold - priceless. Photo by Todd Williams.
In case anyone forgets what the "X" in Winter X Games stands for, Texan brothers Colten and Caleb Moore, have an online video archive visually pinpointing a host of definitive clarifications. During Colton Moore's second run in Snowmobile Best Trick at the 2012 Winter X Games, brother Caleb joined him to throw-down a two-man back-flip. The judges were left dazed and confused, but the pump-up crowd went batty.
At 22-years-old Colton Moore has spent nearly half his life on a snowmobile. Photo by Todd Williams.
At 22-years-old Colton Moore has spent nearly half his life on a snowmobile. Photo by Todd Williams.


They're called extreme sports because you best come large, or stay home and go bowling, and the line between mind-tweaking excellence and OMG catastrophe is razor thin. That particular cold reality was displayed on every video site, sport channel and even crossed over onto network news channels, where millions have now seen Colten flying the distance of a twelve-story building.

During his semifinal run in the freestyle championships at the X Games, Colton couldn't find the handle of his snowmobile after a double grab maneuver in the middle of a 120-foot jump. As the 22-year-old began his descent, he flailed his arms urgently searching for his ride to no avail. Colton thudded hard on the packed snow and slid down the hill behind his snowmobile, as stunned onlookers stood motionless. Astoundingly, Colton got up and walked it off. He even fired up the crowd that had only seconds earlier anticipated the worst.
Colton shared the X Games podium with brother Caleb who earned the freestyle bronze. Photo by Todd Williams.
Colton shared the X Games podium with brother Caleb who earned the freestyle bronze. Photo by Todd Williams.


"The fall I had was definitely not good! It's a horrible feeling to be flying 120 feet through the air without your sled, just preparing for impact," Colton told K&N. "But after the impact, it was a really good feeling to know that I was still okay and able to continue riding. Better than that, it was the greatest feeling ever winning the Gold!"
Just another day hanging out at work for Colton. Photo by Todd Williams.
Just another day hanging out at work for Colton. Photo by Todd Williams.


Most fans at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado were surprised to see Colten competing in the finals at all after the crash, but all that training over a foam pit and more than a decade of experience as an ATV quad rider, prepared him perfectly to fulfill his X Games destiny.

"I knew I had to come bring everything I have, plus some," Colten remarked after securing gold. "For a few months I've been training as hard as I could, and I knew I had to come out here and stomp the best run of my life, and that's just what I did. I've never ridden so well in my life. I'm so pumped right now I can't even breathe."

When the snow settled on the16th Winter X Games, Colten and Caleb both shared the Snowmobile Freestyle podium with Joe Parsons taking silver and Caleb claiming bronze.

While standing atop the podium Colton explained "I was just thinking how happy I am, not only to make it to the podium, but to also have my brother right there with me."
This begs the question; do you think the inventors of the snowmobile ever expected one day their sleds would fly? Photo by Todd Williams.
This begs the question; do you think the inventors of the snowmobile ever expected one day their sleds would fly? Photo by Todd Williams.


As brothers, they spend a good deal of time riding together, and we wondered what sort of the wacky pranks they dared each other with during practice sessions?

"Every time we go ride, we are constantly challenging each other," answered Colton. "It's like a constant competition. I really don't know what the craziest stuff we do would be, because we tend to make everything we do a bit crazy."

"I'm getting right back on my quad and heading out to the Nuclear Cowboyz tour," adds Colton. Thanks for the support K&N!"

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