LaVallee lures gold in first snowmobile speed and style |

LaVallee lures gold in first snowmobile speed and style

(AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)Levi LaVallee from Longville, Minn. flies his Snowmobile through the air during the final Speed and Style competition on Thursday at the winter X Games at Buttermilk Ski area, near Aspen. LaVallee placed first in this new event for these games.

ASPEN Levi LaVallee blasted into ESPN Winter X Games history tonight with a gold medal finish in the first ever Snowmobile Speed & Style Final.Speed & Style combines the high-flying spectacle of Freestyle with the speed junkie thrills of SnoCross, as two racers complete two laps each side by side. One lap is a racing course, and the other is outfitted with steel freestyle kickers.The result had SnoCross champs trying their hand at brand-new tricks while Freestyle vets gunned for time, and LaVallee came out on top.The Longvile, Minn. native, who won took silver in the SnoCross at the 2006 Winter X Games, bested Winter X rookie Sam Rogers in the final heat 91.00 to 82.07.I think (the new Speed & Style Competition) went over really well, LaVallee said afterwards. I think youll see more Freestyle guys doing SnoCross, and hopefully more SnoCross (riders) trying tricks.He went on, Its such a cool thing, combining sports like this. Its just super cool to win the first one.

SNOWMOBILE SPEED & STYLE FINALResults from Aspen/Snowmass on Thursday, January 24, 2008Name / Bib No. / Hometown1. Levi LaVallee / 108 / Longville, Minn.2. Sam Rogers / 922 / Billings, Mont.3. Joe Parsons / 700 / Yakima, Wash.4. Heath Frisby / 270 / Caldwill, Idaho5. Paul Thacker / 11 / Anchorage, Alaska6. Steve Martin / 12 / Evanston, Wyo.7. Chris Burandt / 211 / Kremmling, Colo.8. Cory Davis / 160 / Soldotna, Ark.

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