Brett Turcotte celebrates after winning a gold medal in the speed and style event at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 25. He went on to win a second gold the following day. The Clearwater resident still has one more event to compete in at the Games. Facebook photo

UPDATE: Turcotte wins second gold at X Games

Clearwater snowmobiler takes first places in speed and style plus freestyle in Aspen, Colorado

Clearwater’s Brett Turcotte won a second gold medal at the X Games 2018 in Aspen, Colorado.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, he won gold in the speed and style event. Then on Friday evening, Jan. 26, he took first place in the snowmobile freestyle event.

Turcotte scored 92.00 on his second and final run in the freestyle, beating out Americans Levi LaVallee (88.00) and Justin Hoyer (84.33).

The turning point in the freestyle competition for the Clearwater resident was the first trick of his second run when he went side-saddle on his sled before the jump, then in midair spun himself 360 degrees before getting back on the seat and landing. He did this without holding onto the handlebars. The whole trick lasted less than four seconds.

A competitor and medal winner at the X Games for several years, this has been the first X Games at which he has won a gold medal – and now he’s won two.

“Words. Do. Not. Explain!” he posted on social media following his win the the speed and style event. “Finally did it, so pumped on my first event of three here at @xgames! GOLLLDDD!”

READ MORE: Brett Turcott plans charity snowmobile event (Jan. 12, 2017)

In the speed and style event, the local snowmobiler beat out Levi Lavalle of Minnesota by just 0.3 of a point to win. The event combines points from judged tricks with a bonus for finishing first. Lavallee has previously won seven gold medals at the X Games.

Turcotte started competing at the X Games as a snocross racer in 2007.

He won silver in 2008 but took a break from the X Games after 2011.

In 2015 he returned as a freestyler and finished seventh in the event due to a mechanical problem.

However, he came back to take bronze in snowmobile freestyle in 2016.

Last year, Turcotte won silver for best snowmobile trick at the X Games

READ MORE: Turcotte wins silver at Winter X Games (Jan. 31, 2017)

He won the silver medal with a Coyote Indy – a backflip performed hanging from the snowmobile’s handlebar, twisting his body sideways while kicking his feet.

The Clearwater snowmobiler still could win one more medal this weekend. On Sunday will take part in the debut of the snowbike best trick and Turcotte has been a pioneer in developing stunts to be done on the snowbike.

“I am ecstatic!” said his mother, Roxanne Turcotte. “A humble man with a humble heart has always been his inner ‘key.’ His passion and drive to succeed are nonstop.”

Turcotte will turn 30 years old on Monday, Jan. 29.

The Clearwater Times has been reporting about Turcotte’s snowmobiling career for almost 20 years. In 1998 the newspaper reported that he had won second place in a BC Snowmobiling Federation hill-climb near Vernon.



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