2012 Winter X Games

Posted: January 29, 2012 by pleonasty in Sports
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The 2012 Winter X Games came to a close today, and, as predicted, no one even knew it was on. If you can believe it, the ‘X’ in X Games means the sports in which the athletes compete are extreme. To that end, both the Summer and Winter X Games feature a multitude of adrenaline pumping, motor revving, energy drink drinking activities that challenge competitors and viewers alike to stick it out. This year Shaun White (USA), Torah Bright (AUS) and Halldor Helgason (ISL) are among the many names that no one has ever heard of. With the Women’s Figure Skating National Championships and Novak Djokovic’s striptease to focus on, it’s no surprise that the interest in the X Games has been X-hausted. That’s right, folks, we’re doing extreme puns now.

On a serious note, this year a good deal more attention has been paid to this year’s Winter X Games due to the death of Canadian skier and X Games multi-gold medal winner, Sarah Burke. While training in Utah, Burke fell and hit her head and went into cardiac arrest on the slopes. She was airlifted to a hospital where, on January 19th, she was overcome by her injuries and passed away. Unfortunately, her life insurance policy did not cover this particular event. In order to cover the massive hospital bills accrued during her 9 day stay at the University of Utah Hospital, Burke’s family opened a website to accept donations from her fans and concerned onlookers. Burke was instrumental in the addition of the superpipe skiing event to the 2014 Winter Olympics roster. At the very least, her legacy will live on.

  1. TOB$ says:

    Top X games highlights can be found here: http://bostonsportsblog.net/2012/01/31/x-games-roundup/#comment-341 let me know what you think

  2. jtulz07 says:

    “This year Shaun White (USA), Torah Bright (AUS) and Halldor Helgason (ISL) are among the many names that no one has ever heard of.”

    I get that most who don’t follow the X Games and extreme sporting events alike wouldn’t know who the latter two are, but how can you throw Shaun White into that category? Please tell me this was sarcasm.


    • pleonasty says:

      Jtulz – I was being sarcastic. Fact of the matter is, I just flat out do not like Shaun White. I don’t like his stupid tight pants, I don’t like his flaming red mane, I don’t like that he campaigned to have his nickname changed from “the flying tomato” to “the animal” (doesn’t sound cooler, you just seem like a control freak), I don’t like his stupid stride gum flavor (it probably tastes like chicken asshole slathered in toothpaste), and I don’t like that he scored 100 on his victory lap in the superpipe. It was a free run, of course he’s going to throw tricks he’d never try if it counted. Are you seriously telling me he deserved what could possibly be the ONLY 100 the event will ever see on his victory lap? He wouldn’t have even gotten it if he wasn’t snowboarding’s favorite son, and the judges all had hardons for him.

      Thank you for giving me the opportunity to hate on Shaun White, we appreciate your comment and viewership.

      Tell your friends.

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