If you watched any part of Winter X Games 14, you know the extreme sports extravaganza has been immensely popular for its cutting-edge presentation and thrilling action.
For three X Gamers with ties to New England, the next stop is the Olympics, which wisely began including snowboarding and other X Games-style events in the winter program at the Nagano, Japan games in 1998 and added extreme sports events to every winter Olympiad since.
In women's superpipe at Winter X 14, Kelly Clark of Newport, R.I., and a Vermont native, was second. She's also the defending Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe.
In the same event, Hannah Teter, who is also originally from Vermont, was third and rising star Ellery Hollingsworth of Darien, Conn., was fifth.
In men's snowboarding, Scotty Lago of New Hampshire is an up-and-comer who is part of the US snowboarding team, but he failed to reach the finals in men's superpipe.