ASPEN, Colo. - Snowmobiler Levi LaVallee followed through with his plan to attempt the double back flip, landing the stunt - sort of.
He performed the impressive trick flawlessly, but fell off his 450-pound Polaris upon hitting the snow in the Next Trick competition at the Winter X Games on Friday night.
Still, it counts in his mind - and those around the country - making him part of X Games lore. His good friend, Travis Pastrana, performed a similar stunt on a motorbike.
"It was pretty gnarly," said LaVallee, who competed in the Winter X-Games Freestyle Snowmobile qualifier held in Billings in December of 2007.
Despite LaVallee's heroics, Dane Ferguson claimed the gold medal in the event because he landed on his snowmobile, which is part of the criteria.
Not bad for a new sled.
"Only rode it around the parking lot a couple of times," Ferguson said.
LaVallee was stressing over the trick he's been planning for around a month. The landing aside, the double back flip went off without a hitch.
"I definitely was scared, but I think I had come to grips with that and I was going for it regardless - whatever happened was going to happen," he said. "I'm still walking."
Snowmobiler Ross Martin suffered a fractured pelvis during a crash in a practice run Thursday. He was taken to Denver for further treatment, but won't require surgery. He was to be released Saturday.