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Snocross Report
2005 Winter X Games

Report from ESPN on the Snocross Snowmobile Competition at the 2005 Winter X Games which took place on Tuesday, February 1, 2005.

MORGAN BACK WHERE HE BELONGS
Holds off rival Hibbert for fourth Winter X gold in Snocross

Aspen, Colorado - There were 10 racers in Tuesday nightís Snocross final - the last event of Winter X Games Nine. But it was clear right from the start that only two were competing for the final gold medal to be awarded.

Blair Morgan - the best and most influential racer in the sportís history - and Tucker Hibbert - Morganís chief rival who chose to leave the sport in order to pursue a career in motocross. Once a year these two come together in what is almost always the highlight of the season. And Tuesday was no exception.

Right out of the gate it was Morgan (Prince Albert, SK, Canada) who darted to the front and Hibbert (Centreville, Miss.) followed close behind. The gap between Hibbert and the rest of the field widened at a constant pace until it was evident that it was a two-man race.

The race every one of the 9,150 in attendance came to see.

And when all was said and done Morgan held off Hibbert the entire way for his fourth Snocross gold. It was sweet redemption following last yearís third-place finish that saw Michael Island break Morganís streak of three golds in a row.

"The fourth gold feels great," said Morgan, who has won a medal every year since 1999 for a total of seven. "I won the holeshot and stayed out in front the whole way. I felt Tucker on my heels the entire time."

Hibbert finished with a silver for the second consecutive year, upping his medal total to one gold, three silver and a bronze.

"I had no idea what to expect because I havenít been racing," admitted Hibbert. "I was really nervous. I had a blast racing Blair and I think we have created a nice rivalry. I was happy to make the podium."

Steve Martin (Evanston, Wyoming), whose previous best was 26th, finished third to earn his first Winter X medal in Snocross to go with a silver and a bronze in Hillcross.

"I had a great weekend of racing," Martin said. "Iím only 20 so Iím here to stay."

Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis (Roxbury, Conn.) was named the Jeep Most Outstanding Performer after winning her third consecutive gold medal in Womenís Snowboarder X.

The total attendance for Winter X Games Nine was 69,750, an increase of over 3,000 from last year.



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