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Three Brits – Aimee Fuller, Zoe Gillings and James Woods – set to compete
The 2014 Winter X Games, Aspen will be broadcast live and on demand in the UK and Europe on streaming service ESPNPlayer.com as the world’s top winter sport athletes gather in Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, Colorado. The games, being held for the 18th time, take place just two weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi and will feature more than 40 former and future Olympians. The X Games features snowboard, ski and snowmobile events, with more than 200 competitors from 21 countries taking part.
The live action starts on ESPN Player in the early hours of Thursday 22nd January with coverage of the Men’s Ski SuperPipe Elimination. The first full day of competition starts Thursday from 7pm GMT, with full coverage of events such as the Snowboard Slopestyle Men’s Elimination, Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Elimination, and the Snowmobile Freestyle Final. Every event will also be available on demand, allowing fans to watch the action at a time that suits them,
TOP WINTER SPORTS ATHLETES SET TO FEATURE
The biggest names in winter sports are set to take part in the games, including snowboarders Kelly Clark and Sebastien Toutant, and skier Bobby Brown. This year three British Olympic athletes will also compete in the games – Olympic women’s snowboarders Zoe Gillings (Snowboarder Cross) and Aimee Fuller (Snowboard Slopestyle), and Olympic men’s skier James Woods (Ski Slopestyle), who won bronze in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle at the Aspen Winter X Games 2013.
WINTER X GAMES LIVE ON ESPN PLAYER
Fans can watch all the Winter X Games, Aspen 2014 action live and on demand on ESPN Player. The ESPN Player X Games Week Pass will give viewers access to dedicated feeds across the five days of the event. The broadband sports service offers fans the ability to pause and rewind on-demand coverage, allowing them to scroll to any part of the action they may have missed, review a great jump with the 10-second rewind button, or return the start of the event with a single click.
Subscribers will also be able to take advantage of ESPN Player’s on-demand service to watch the action from the 2013 X Games events in LA, Munich, Barcelona and Foz Do Iguacu in Brazil.
Visit ESPNPlayer.com for more information and to subscribe to the ESPN Player X Games, prices start from £3.99 with a Weekly Pass costing £4.99.
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• X Games
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