Dueck celebrates X Games gold

  • Jan. 31, 2011 12:00 p.m.

First time in Aspen, Col., first time competing at the Winter X Games, first gold medal for Vernon’s Josh Dueck.

Joined by wife, Lacey, at the finish line, Dueck won gold Sunday in the Mono Skier X race, winning comfortably over American Brandon Adams. Great Britain’s Sean Rose took the bronze, all three X Games rookies grabbing the podium placings.

Dueck told ESPN after the race the Winter X Games were the most fun he’s had in a long time.

Dueck and Adams were the only two really in contention for gold as a mishap at the start gate knocked down two of the four opponents. Dueck pulled away from Adams for a comfortable victory.

Adams’ ski went sailing through the air as he fell on his final jump and slid on his body across the finish line to take silver.