After what was an exciting return to the snowy trails of Aspen, Colorado, the 2024 X Games officially comes to a close. This year's games featured big names, rare tricks, and a slew of changes including a modified broadcast, new events for both men and women, and the latest in snowboard street style events. Taking over the slopes of Buttermilk mountain, the event hosted various skiers from around the world, with over 100 athletes competing in the Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe, Slopestyle, Big Air, and the newly improved Knuckle Huck. Featured below are some of this year's most praised athletes, including their 2024 highlights and never-done-before tricks.
In what is a picture worth a thousand words, American Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper was caught mid-air as he competed in the Aspen slopes. Goepper is a four-time X Games gold medalist, and is currently known as the only skier to hold three Olympic ski Slopestyle medals. This year served as the decorated skier's comeback to the slopes, having announced his retirement the winter before. Now, after what was an abbreviated break, Goepper returned stronger than ever in the 2024 X Games halfpipe.
Leaving a similar impressive mark on the games this year was Troy Podmilsak, a 19-year-old Park City skier who showcased never-before-seen stunts in the Men's Big Air competition; including the impressive switch rightside double bio 1980. This is only Podmilsak's second year in the X Games and he's already proven to be an athlete worth watching.
Much like Podmilsak is new incomer Liam Brearley who found success in the Men's Snowboard Knuckle Huck competition. The 20-year-old initially wasn't supposed to compete but solidified his name as an X Games legend, winning the Slopestyle gold at the Laax Open a week before battling against Zeb Powell and Jake Canter in a jarring 20 minute jam.
Also during the exhilarating final week of slope competitions were the women's games which featured an array of big air legends. On the rise was Eileen Gu who basked in resilience throughout the weekend competition after making her official comeback following a previous knee injury. Much like her previous games, Gu's return ended with a jaw-dropping gold medal win. While it wasn't easy, she withstood the challenge and won in the Women's Ski SuperPipe.
Likewise, standing tall and proud was Jesper Tjader who exhibited his matchless prowess under a star-filled sky in Aspen. The 28-year-old is known for pushing the limits when he competes, and he did so during the weekend's games. Competing in the Men’s Ski Knuckle Huck and Slopestyle, the Swedish freestyler finished with bronze; however, not without putting on a show full of never-before-seen tricks showcasing his mastered skillset.