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X-Games dream becomes reality for North Bay’s Tyler Nicholson

“It honestly doesn’t seem real.”
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North Bay's Tyler Nicholson stares as this X-Games Silver medal. Photo submitted.

Tyler Nicholson prepared for years for this moment.  

After a finishing his incredible second run he put his hands together praying his score would be good enough to put him into a podium position. 

The 21-year-old was ecstatic as he saw the score and realized he won silver in the X-Games snowboard slope style final.   

“It honestly doesn’t seem real,” he told the CBC after the race. 

“I grew up watching this contest (X-Games) since I was five years old and I remember running around the living room freaking out at these dudes and it really doesn’t seem real that I got an X-Games medal, I am kind of speechless to be honest.”  

Teammate Mark McMorris claimed the bronze while Norway's Marcus Kleveland took home the gold.  

Nicholson tried to calm his nerves before the last run by not thinking too far ahead.   

“I think what worked for me was not thinking about the outcome and try to think about the exact moment I am in, feature by feature, put it down as clean as I possibly can the whole way down and just take it feature by feature and not think about a podium medal,” he said after the race.   

The silver in Aspen, Colorado comes after an impressive third place finish at the LAXX Open in Switzerland last weekend.  

Last year in at the X-Games, Nicholson finished in 11th at the event held in Oslo, Norway.