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Default Ski Cross Rocks the Slopes at the X Games

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 24) - With the winter sport festivities of the Winter X Games rolling into town this weekend, the X Games' newest sport to reach Olympic status, ski cross, will be center stage once again.

Among the favorites Sunday will be defending X Games gold medalist Casey Puckett (Snowmass, CO), Olympian Jake Fiala (Frisco, CO), alpine legend Daron Rahlves (Truckee, CA), and determined up-and-comers Errol Kerr (Truckee, CA) and Cody Smith (Spokane, WA).

"The X Games is a pretty big deal. It's a whole different level for sure. It's super fun out here. It's like a circus. There's a lot of excitement and a lot of hype," Rahlves said. "The course is the longest one I've ever done before. It makes you work."

Rahlves, in Aspen to train for the X Games ski cross competition, has been spending his time on the lengthy course wearing a helmet cam so he can give visitors to his website Daron Rahlves on daronrahlves.loopd.com - Home a glimpse of what he sees when he competes.

"The X Games is like the Olympics of extreme sports. It's what our season is always centered around," said Head Coach Tyler Shepherd, a former X Games SX competitor. "You always shoot to do the best you can. It's a really well run event, well organized and just a lot of fun."

Rahlves sees the event as an opportunity to show international competitors what U.S. athletes can do. "Hopefully we'll give the rest of the competitors out here a hard time. I mean, it's our home turf."

Newcomer Kerr is just excited to do the things he loves best. "I like the jumps and the terrain. I am good at jumping and skiing in a variety of terrain," Kerr said. "I also race motocross and BMX, so the racing format is the same - everyone out of the gate at the same time."

"The X Games is seen by so many people and it makes athletes want to do well because it bumps up their profile. It's always a really fun event," Shepherd said.

The X Games competitions begin Friday, with ski cross finals on Sunday.



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Default Kerr Leads X Games Ski Cross Qualifiers

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 25) - Newcomer Errol Kerr (Truckee, CA) began making waves at his first appearance at the Winter X Games by taking first place Friday's in the men's qualifying round for ski cross.

"This is my fifth ski cross ever and my first time at the X Games and I don't think anyone believed in me, so I hope someone believes in me now," Kerr said. "I know now that I'm fast enough. I thought I could do it and after today I know I can, so hopefully I'll get a good start and the finals will go well."

Kerr finished at 88.881 ahead of Canadian Davey Barr, who came in at 89.093. U.S. skiers Casey Puckett (Aspen, CO) finished third at 89.093 followed by Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) in fifth at 89.868 and Jake Fiala (Frisco, CO) in 13th at 91.170.

Ski cross finals will air Sunday on ESPN HD, starting at 2 p.m. ET ( noon MT).

OFFICIAL RESULTS
WINTER X GAMES XII
Aspen, CO - Jan. 25, 2008
Ski cross qualifying
(24 made finals)
Men
1. Errol Kerr, Truckee, CA, 88.881 seconds
2. Davey Barr, Canada, 89.046
3. Casey Puckett, Snowmass, CO, 89.093
4. Lars Lewen, Sweden, 89.5455. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, CA, 89.868
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13. Jake Fiala, Frisco, CO, 91.170



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Is it real? this is his first time?
How long did he practice for the competition?
I want him to be my personal trainer. Is it possible? haha

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