Alaska snowmachiner Cory Davis grabs silver at X Games

January 25, 2014 

Cory Davis

Cory Davis went the distance for his latest X Games medal.

Davis, 25, soared more than 140 feet through the air aboard a snowmachine Saturday in Aspen, Colo., to claim the silver medal in the long jump competition, which returned to the menu after a three-year absence.

The medal was the fourth for Davis, a Soldotna man who is a veteran of eight X Games.

His first two medals -- in 2009 and 2011, both in the speed and style events -- were bronze. Last year, he upgraded to silver in speed and style.

Now he's got two in both colors.

"Yeaaaaaa #silver," Davis posted on his Twitter account.

Riding a Arctic Cat 600 Snopro, Davis flew 142 feet, 11 inches off a ramp on his final jump.

The gold medal went to Levi LaVallee, who went 147-5. Bronze went to Colten Moore, who jumped 132-11.

Davis, who races for the Monster Energy team, is a lifelong Alaskan with snowmachining in his DNA. He's the son of Scott Davis, one of the most successful Iron Dog racers in history.

In earning a medal Saturday, Davis made progressively longer jumps during five rounds of competition.

Competitors approached the takeout ramp on a strip of green artificial turf and then launched their machines, which cannot weigh less than 650 pounds, according to a report on the event on espn.com.

Previously known as the Knock Out competition, the snowmobile long jump is rarely contested and has happened just three times at the X Games, with LaVallee winning gold each time.

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

 

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