MEDINA, Minn. (Jan. 23, 2015) – Polaris snowmobile freestyle rider Colten Moore combined acrobatic freestyle moves with speed on the race course to win the 2015 Winter X Games Snowmobile Speed & Style gold medal Thursday night in Aspen, Colorado. Moore, 25, won the fourth Winter X Games medal of his career as he outscored fellow Polaris rider Joe Parsons in the final round of the Polaris-dominated event.
Three of the four semi-finalists were on Polaris snowmobiles and it was an all-Polaris final as Moore beat Parsons 90.62 to 83 and won the third X Games gold medal of his career in snowmobile events.
Thursday was the first time Moore competed in Snowmobile Speed & Style. He has competed in the Winter X Games since 2010, winning gold in Snowmobile Freestyle (2012 and 2014) and earning the silver medal in Snowmobile Best Trick in 2012. Away from the snow, the 25-year-old Texan also competes in freestyle competition on Polaris off-road vehicles.
For Parsons, the silver medal was his fifth Winter X Games medal in Snowmobile Speed & Style, and his first medal ever won on a Polaris snowmobile. He has now earned 14 Winter X Games medals.
Parsons and Heath Frisby both switched to Polaris snowmobiles on Thursday, the day of the Snowmobile Speed & Style competition. Both were still adjusting to the superior performance of their Polaris sleds as they advanced into the quarter-finals.
Moore, Parsons, and X Games legend Levi LaVallee were the Polaris riders to reach the semi-finals. Moore beat LaVallee 87.75 to 87 in one semi to advance to the final, and Parsons won his semi 84.67 to 83.33 over Cory Davis to advance.
Polaris riders and racers will also compete in Snowmobile Long Jump, Snowmobile Hillcross, and Snowmobile Snocross during the 2015 X Games in Aspen.