It was a long road back for snocross competitor Levi LaVallee, but it was definitely worth it.
Q Two gold medals -- how does that feel after the comeback?
A It felt amazing. I really didn't have much expectations going into X Games in that I had been out for the last few years. I practiced trying to get things back ... and everything went perfect. I couldn't have asked for anything better. It took a lot of hard work. I hadn't hit freestyle ramps for a couple years. I have some friends back home (at his training compound near Longville) who helped me out. They were awesome, just making sure everything was good and that I was comfortable.
Q Was it tough for you to go back to riding after your 2010 crash-related injury, which included broken ribs, punctured lungs and pelvic fractures?
A I think your natural instinct is to be nervous coming off injury. You have to believe in yourself and your talents, that you can do it. Fortunately I have a great group of people around me, and anytime I was feeling bummed they said, "You've got this, you can do this."
Q How hard was it to watch Caleb Moore's accident and absorb the news of his death?
A It was a very hard hit for snowmobiling and all the competitors in general. His crash was a pretty big crash, but at the same time it wasn't something we hadn't seen before. Unfortunately, it was a worst-case scenario. The trick he was doing was one he had done a hundred times. He just shorted the landing. We saw him get up and walk off with the medics. Once you see that as a competitor, you think, "He's OK. He might have some injuries but nothing major." Then to find out things weren't going very well, it shocks you. ... We have to learn from it. What can we do to make it safer and protect the riders better?
Q Does his death add a level of apprehension to what you do?
A When Caleb passed away, you obviously think about what you're doing in snowmobiling, but it made me appreciate life in general. ... It makes you look at life and say, "appreciate every minute you have because you never know."
Q What's next for you?
A Unfortunately I partially tore my lat muscle at Winter X games. ... I'm hoping to be back to finish out the season in the snocross series, and from there we have some cool things going on with Polaris and Red Bull -- contests where winners get to go ride with me up in the mountains. It will be fun to have some relaxed rides.
|Minnesota||6||3rd Qtr 4:34|
|Kansas City||38||3rd Qtr 4:01|
|Buffalo||6||3rd Qtr 6:15|
|Miami||17||3rd Qtr 5:03|
|Detroit||14||3rd Qtr 0:24|
|Indianapolis||14||3rd Qtr 6:13|
|Cleveland||12||3rd Qtr 5:41|
|Oakland||17||3rd Qtr 0:40|
|Atlanta||21||4th Qtr 12:01|
|St. Louis||3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||3:25 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|San Jose||5:00 PM|
|Old Dominion||43||2nd Half 5:36|
|Iona||74||2nd Half 6:33|
|Saint Peters||31||2nd Half 16:36|
|Siena||39||2nd Half 16:41|
|Mount Olive||47||2nd Half 13:29|
|Rhode Island||35||2nd Half 17:45|
|Charlotte||43||2nd Half 17:43|
|SW Oklahoma St||33||2nd Half 15:37|
|Illinois||15||1st Half 14:41|
|Washington||5||1st Half 15:20|
|San Diego St||5|
|Ark-Pine Bluff||4:00 PM|
|TX-Permian Basin||4:30 PM|
|Jacksonville St||5:00 PM|
|Boston College||6:00 PM|
|Seton Hall||7:00 PM|
|Eastern Wash||7:30 PM|
|(13) Oklahoma State||24|
|(16) Arizona State||14|
|(1) Florida State||45|
|(7) Ohio State||24||FINAL|
|(4) Michigan State||34|
|(21) Fresno State||24|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|(10) Penn State||35||2nd Half 17:49|
|Indiana||50||2nd Half 16:56|
|Jacksonville||19||2nd Half 15:45|
|Elon||37||2nd Half 12:40|
|Duquesne||44||2nd Half 14:53|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||40||2nd Half 15:18|
|Stony Brook||43||2nd Half 16:01|
|Central Conn St||45||2nd Half 13:56|
|Drexel||33||2nd Half 7:55|
|(12) South Carolina||37||2nd Half 18:00|
|Milwaukee||37||2nd Half 13:34|
|Cincinnati||37||2nd Half 20:00|
|Fairfield||50||2nd Half 12:31|
|Harvard||34||2nd Half 20:00|
|Colorado State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Bradley||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Evansville||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Houston||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Cal State Fullerton||0||1st Half 20:00|
|(20) Iowa State||0|
|TX-Pan American||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Stephen F Austin||0||1st Half 20:00|
|North Dakota||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Utah State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Morgan State||3:00 PM|
|(2) Duke||3:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||3:25 PM|
|Loyola-New Orleans||4:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||4:00 PM|
|Boise State||4:00 PM|