Aspen native Alex Ferreira repeated as champion in the men’s ski superpipe at X Games on Sunday night. The 25-year-old has now won five total medals at X Games Aspen. He said skiing in front of a hometown crowd helped push him to victory.
“Everybody wants me to win and wants me to do well.” Ferreira said. “And I can feel the energy. I can feel the aura. I can feel my mom and my friends and they just want me to do well. It rubs off, it really does.”
Ferreira entered his final run, the last of the competition, in second place. Then, an error-free trip down the halfpipe pushed him to the top of the podium. Shortly after winning, a jubilant Ferreira reminisced about childhood visits to the same competition.
“I used to sneak out of middle school and I used to get to this contest just to catch a glimpse of the pros,” Ferreira said. “And to be in it, and no less win it, I’m on cloud nine right now.”
Next, Ferreira will compete at a Dew Tour event at Copper Mountain in early February. He said he’ll enter that contest with some momentum from Sunday’s X Games victory.