Travis Rice astounds in the Big Air at the X-games

Fri 23 January 09

Rice received 78% of the votes with his backside-double-cork 1080 in defeating last year's gold medalist Torstein Horgmo. Read and watch highlights

The ESPN viewers and the fans at Buttermilk Mountain have spoken and have named Travis Rice the gold medalist in the Snowboard Big Air Final.

Rice – the lone American in the competition – received 78% of the votes with his backside-double-cork 1080 in defeating last year’s gold medalist Torstein Horgmo.

For Rice, the win was a vindication as Horgmo defeated him in last year’s event.

“It was a pleasure to go up against Torstein and win,” Rice said at the press conference. “The kid is the future, but America has got my back.”

There are no other medals besides gold for Big Air: Rice finished first, followed by Horgmo with Mikkel Bang and Andreas Wiig tied for third place.

The Snowboard Big Air competition features four top snowboarders in a head-to-head bracketed format. In each round, riders will receive two jumps. The Winter X 13 Big Air Jump consists of a singe feature – the 85-foot step-up gap

You can watch the x-games live by going to our live video section

Highlights

1st Travis Rice

2nd Torstein Horgmo

The whole dam thing

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