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Wescott looks to end X Games snowboardcross hex

Pat Graham
The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado – Seth Wescott is definitely aware of his drought at the Winter X Games.

The snowboardcross rider is winless in 12 attempts at this event, and insists there’s no added incentive to bring home a gold in the finals Saturday.

He’s way more concerned about getting down the mountain unharmed than ending any dubious streak.

After all, the Winter Olympics await.

Wescott is the reigning Olympic champion in the event, but has struggled in the X Games setting. He can’t seem to lasso that elusive gold, finishing runner-up three times. He could be on his way to breaking the hex.

Wescott earned the top spot in qualifying Friday, zipping down the course with ease, but he’s a little reluctant to charge after that medal. Going full tilt in the finals could lead to an injury – and that’s NOT an option with the Vancouver Games just two weeks away.

“Clearly, [winning gold] is something I want to do,” Wescott said of the sport that’s referred to as Snowboarder X at the X Games. “But the biggest thing is to come through with no injury. I want to go out and ride well, but I’m not really dwelling on the outcome this year. The Olympics is the big one.”

End of a dynasty

Sarah Burke’s three-year reign in the skiing superpipe came to an end. Jen Hudak took away her title away, beating Megan Gunning and Roz Groenewoud.

Burke wound up sixth in an event she’s typically dominated.

“She’s been an amazing leader in our sport and she’s still on her game, pushing the envelope every day she puts on her skis,” Hudak said of Burke.

Hudak held her breath as Gunning, the last skier in the competition, soared through the pipe. Only when Gunning’s score was posted – enough for silver – did Hudak exhale.

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