|The podium at Sunday's slopestyle: Bobby Brown, Elias Ambuhl, Nick Goepper|
Not only did he compete, Brown won the event, as he prepares to defend his slopestyle crown at Winter X 15. Brown overcame a rare first-run crash on a double cork 1260 (which left him sprawled in a heap on the snow, one ski halfway up the transition) to overtake Elias Ambuhl on the day's final run.
"My dad's here, my agent, Jaimeson [Keegan], and my buddy Banks [Gilberti] -- they were all like, 'Yo, you got this, you got this, dude,'" Brown said. "So I just chilled and sat with them and relaxed. I had a clear mind and just went for it. I went bigger on the second jump so I had more time to do the double 12."
Brown, 19, was also flawless on his rails and sandwiched two other technical double flips -- a switch dub rodeo 9 and a switch rightside dub cork 9 -- around his 12. His score of 93.75 was two points better than Ambuhl, 18, a Swiss skier who lives in a Breckenridge hotel for much of the winter and trains with Brown.
Rural Indiana native Nick Goepper, 16, made it an all-teenager podium with the best finish of his career.
Men's Freeski Slopestyle Final