Colten Moore won the gold medal in the Snowmobile Freestyle at the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., one day short of a year after his family was struck by tragedy at the very same event.
Moore scored a 91.33 in his first run on Thursday to easily beat out Joe Parsons and Heath Frisby, both of whom finished five or more points behind him. It was Moore's second gold medal and first since he topped Parsons and his late brother, Caleb, in the 2012 final.
"This is the greatest moment ever, to be able to come back here and ride for my brother ... and to be able to come out here and get gold is unbelievable," Moore said in a post-race interview on ESPN.
"I just give it all to him; I know he was the one helping me do everything that I was doing."
Caleb passed away on Jan. 31, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in a crash in the Snowmobile Freestyle final a week earlier. He was a four-time winner of X Games gold.
More Day 1 results:
Snowboarder X Qualifying
Nick Baumgartner, Ross Powers, Jake Holden, Shaun Palmer, Hagen Kearney and Jussi Taka advanced to the next round after topping 22 other competitors across two runs.
Carle Brenneman, Zoe Gillings, Simona Meiler and Deborah Anthonioz were the best of the field of 16 in the women's competition.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination
Torstein Horgmo scored 93.33 on his first run to top a list of eight who advanced to the next round. Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Chas Guldemond, Max Parrot, Emil Ulsletten, Sebastien Toutant and Aleksander Oestreng round out the names that will be moving on.
Men's Snowboard Superpipe Elimination
Iouri Podladtchikov's score of 88.00 on his second run netted him the top spot among the eight who will move on the to the final round. Ben Ferguson, Danny Davis, Benji Farrow, Louie Vito, Scotty James, Yiwei Zhang and Greg Bretz will join Podladtchikov in the grand finale of the X Games on Sunday.