The 2016 Winter X Games at Aspen concluded on Jan. 31. Local favorite Chris Devlin-Young (mono ski) was well on his way to winning his fourth X Games medal (third gold), after CRUSHING the field in the Qualifier — he was more than a full second ahead of the next fastest racer — when disaster struck.
Devlin-Young was leading the pack by a healthy margin in the semifinals on Saturday, Jan. 30 when his binding pre-released as he landed a jump and he crashed. According to an update on his Facebook page, he broke his collarbone. He is in stable condition and was scheduled to undergo surgery in Denver yesterday or today.
Devlin-Young’s bio is impressive.
- 2016 is his 6th XG appearance. 2015 Mono Skier X gold; 2008 Mono Skier X bronze. His 2015 gold made him the oldest medalist in X Games history, breaking a record which had stood since 1996.
- Now 54, he is the second oldest athlete ever to compete in an X Games winter discipline.
- His son Brandon is expecting a baby boy, Ace, in March 2015. Brandon is 30.
- DCY rides a new DynAccess Hydra machine. Says it’s the fastest rig he’s ever used and thinks it will be the “last model of sit ski ever.”
- Downhill champion and 4th overall in 2013/14 World Cup circuit.
Please join me in sending Chris positive and healthy thoughts and hopes for a speedy and complete recovery.