“The first thing we were looking for were tricks,” said Mike Douglas, X Games Real Ski judge. “We wanted to see big tricks like we would see in [X Games] slopestyle, but in nataural terrain.” The second thing judges were looking for was creativity. “Using terrain in ways people don’t usually think of,” Douglas explained. And lastly? A good tune, “Something that makes you feel good.”
What makes Sammy’s win all the more impressive is the fact that he suffered a broken ankle while shooting for the contest—just four days before the start of X Games Aspen, in fact, which he was forced to sit out of as a result of the injury.
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