XV Winter X Games
The Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., proved both historic and emotional. Snowboarding's biggest stars shined in the marquee superpipe event as Shaun White (left) and Kelly Clark (right) took home gold. Clark became the first woman to land a frontside 1080. But the most poignant moments belonged to Kevin Pearce, who was on hand and even doing some TV work a little more than a year after he nearly died in a training accident that left him with severe head trauma. Pearce took his first trip down a mountain on a snowboard in 712 days on Dec. 13.