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Travis Pastrana move over, Levi LaVallee to double-flip snowmobile

January 22, 2009 | 10:37 am

Levi LaVallee in action at the 2008 Winter X Games.

Action sports fans might remember the eerie hush in the moments before Travis Pastrana performed a double-back flip on his motorcycle at the 2006 Summer X Games.

It was essentially a make or break-neck situation. Pastrana nailed the trick and has since traded freestyle motocross for a career in rally car racing.

On Friday night at Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain, Minnesota's Levi LaVallee will attempt to make Winter X Games history by performing a double flip on a 450-pound snowmobile.

If he makes it, he will win the inaugural "Next Trick" competition. If he under-rotates and crash lands, fans will turn away in horror and medical crews will tend to LeVallee and try to put him back together again.

LeVallee, who has been called crazy by some, has been nailing the trick to perfection in his foam pit back home.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Levi LaVallee in action at the 2008 Winter X Games.  Credit: Associated Press