Snowmobile Freestyle and Skier X Return; Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Event Returns
X Games Aspen 2016 will mark 20 years of winter events, celebrating the progression of the winter version of X Games from its debut in Big Bear, Calif., into a full action sports and youth lifestyle festival as the event takes over Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, Colo., Jan. 28 – 31, 2016. The 2016 event will again feature action sports competitions, world-class musical performances and a festival village.
For the first time at X Games, all medalists from X Games Aspen 2015 who have sport disciplines returning in 2016 will receive an early invite to compete in the X Games Aspen 2016 event. The first full round of invited athletes will be announced November 16. For a complete list of invited athletes please visit www.xgames.com.
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“We are thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of X Games winter events this coming January at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass,” said Tim Reed, ESPN X Games vice president. “Aspen is a special place to bring together the world’s best action sports athletes and top musical acts for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere that embodies the culture and lifestyle synonymous with the X Games.”
X Games Aspen will welcome the disciplines of Snowmobile Freestyle and Skier X back to the event lineup. Skier X will return for the first time since 2012 and Snowmobile Freestyle since 2014. A fully-medaled adaptive sport lineup featuring Mono Skier X, Snowboarder X Adaptive and SnoCross Adaptive is back, while the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding dual slalom competition – where athletes with and without intellectual disabilities compete together – also returns following its successful debut last year in Aspen.
The X Games Aspen 2016 sports and disciplines are as follows:
|Big Air (Men’s)||Big Air (Men’s)||Freestyle|
|Mono Skier X||Slopestyle (M & W)||SnoCross|
|Skier X (M& W)||Snowboarder X (M & W)||SnoCross Adaptive|
|Slopestyle (M & W)||SuperPipe (M & W)|
|SuperPipe (M & W)||Snowboarder X Adaptive|
|Special Olympics Unified|
In addition to being the world’s premiere action sports competition, X Games Aspen will showcase an expanded world-class lineup of music artists and performances, which will be announced at a later date. The event will also feature a number of enhanced festival villages at Buttermilk Mountain, offering spectators a unique and wide-ranging interactive experience to complement the X Games sports.
ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 16 hours of live X Games Aspen 2016 competition. Forthcoming details on the X Games athletes, competition schedule, music and more will be available on www.xgames.com for fans or on www.espnmediazone.com for members of the media. Follow the X Games on Twitter at http://twitter.com/xgames.
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