ASPEN, Colo. — Yakima’s Joe Parsons added to his record medal haul on Sunday in the Snowmobile Best Trick competition at the Winter X Games by landing a trick he had never attempted before.
The trick, dubbed the Gator Hater, involved landing sitting backwards after flipping off a jump. Parsons scored a 91.66 on the attempt.
The Gator Hater wasn’t enough to overcome Daniel Bodin, whose first trick earned him a 92.33 and the gold medal.
Parsons’ training partner Heath Frisby was third at 89.00.
The silver medal was Parsons’ 12th of his X Games snowmobile career, adding to the record he set Saturday with a bronze in Speed and Style.
On Thursday, Parsons earned silver in Snowmobile Freestyle.
During the first round of the finals, a young fan was injured when a runaway snowmobile veered into the crowd after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong.
The teenager was evaluated on site for a right knee injury on Sunday night. It’s not clear whether he was hurt jumping out of the way or was struck by the sled.
Snowmobiler Jackson Strong tumbled off the snowmobile during the best trick competition. The throttle stuck on the 450-pound machine and it swerved straight toward the crowd — fans scurrying out of the way. The snowmobile came to a rest when it got tangled up in the retaining fence.
Also Sunday, snowmobile rider Caleb Moore has had a “secondary complication involving his brain” after a Thursday crash led to bleeding around his heart.
The Moore family released a statement Sunday, but provided no further details, only that the rider “continues to be monitored in ICU.”
The 25-year-old was performing a flip when he clipped the top of a jump. He went over the handlebars and the heavy sled rolled over him. He walked off the course with help and transported to a hospital with a concussion.
While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery Friday.
His younger brother, Colten, also crashed in the competition and was taken to the hospital with a separated pelvis.