ESPN releases new details on X Games in Aspen

By Real Aspen
Real AspenNovember 15, 2012
ESPN will launch into 2013 with X Games Aspen officially kicking off its global expansion – a six-event schedule that will conclude in Los Angeles in August.
Gretchen Bleiler in the superpipe earlier this year.
Real Aspen file photo


In May, ESPN announced it would be expanding the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain – joining X Games Aspen, Los Angeles and Tignes taking the premier action sports event global. ESPN also signed a two-year contract that will keep the Winter X Games in Aspen in 2013 and 2014. It draws over 100,000 fans here annually.

ESPN will present X Games Aspen 2013 from Jan. 24 – 27 bringing all the action back to Buttermilk Mountain for an 11th consecutive year. Celebrating 17 years of the winter version of X Games, this year’s competition will feature more than 200 athletes competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile. ESPN and ABC will combine to televise 20 hours of live X Games Aspen competition in high definition. In addition, all the X Games action will air on ESPN 3D.

The full list of first wave athletes invited to compete at X Games Aspen 2013 is available at www.xgames.com. (Note: The invited athlete list and competition schedule is constantly being updated and is subject to change.)

The first wave of invited athletes include:

· Bobby Brown – The first skier to win two gold medals at the same event in 2010, Brown is back atop the Big Air podium in 2012, and one of only a few skiers to land a triple cork.

· Kelly Clark – The first female snowboarder to land a 1080 in competition, Clark made history last season by becoming the first female to repeat gold in the Snowboard SuperPipe competition.

· Tucker Hibbert – The most decorated SnoCross racer in X Games history and 2012 FIM Snocross World Champion, Hibbert is going for the first-ever six-peat at an X Games winter event and still holds the record for youngest athlete to ever win gold at winter when he accomplished this in 2000 at the age of 15.

· Mark McMorris – The first snowboarder to land the triple cork in competition, McMorris became a sensation at Winter X Games Aspen 2012, winning gold in Slopestyle and Big Air. McMorris was also named the Jeep Athlete of the Games.

· Shaun White – The first snowboarder to five-peat in SuperPipe, White raised the bar even higher with a perfect-scoring run en route to gold. In his first X Games Tignes appearance in 2012, White won gold in both Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE BY DAY (All times local Aspen time, Mountain Time)

Thursday, January 24, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Practice
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Practice
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Practice
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Snowboard Street Practice
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Practice
5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard Big Air Practice
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Snowmobile Freestyle Final
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Practice

Friday, January 25, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Practice
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Snowboard Street Round One & Final
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Elimination
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s & Women’s Practice
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Skiing & Snowboard Big Air Practice
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Women’s Final
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Practice
8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. Skiing SuperPipe Men’s Final
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Round One & Final

Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Practice
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Practice
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Snowmobile Seeding
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Final
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Women’s Final
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile Speed & Style Final
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Practice
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Skiing Big Air Practice
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Practice
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Skiing Big Air Round One & Final
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Women’s Final
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice

Sunday, January 27, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Practice
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Practice
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Practice
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snowmobile Seeding
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Men’s Final
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Practice
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Skiing Slopestyle Women’s Final
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Snowmobile SnoCross Round One, LCQ & Final
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Snowmobile Best Trick Practice
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Practice
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Snowmobile Best Trick Final
7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Final

* Schedule subject to change



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