Athletes Announced for X Games Aspen Kickoff Press Event

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Athletes Announced for X Games Aspen Kickoff Press Event

Top Action Sports Athletes Available for Interview on January 25

WHAT: The official press event for the 16th edition of X Games Aspen will feature a panel of of the world’s best action sports athletes. The event will be emceed by X Games 2017 Snowboard Commentator and World of X Games host, Brandon Graham. Athletes, X Games and Aspen Skiing Co. executives will also be available for interviews following the press conference.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 26 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. MT

WHERE: Press Tent at Buttermilk Mountain located behind The Inn at Aspen

WHO: Panel of the world’s best winter action sports athletes:

Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) – Front and center in women’s snowboarding, Kim is on the path to winning her fourth consecutive X Games gold medal after Aspen in 2015 and 2016 and Oslo in 2016. She earned her first X Games medal at age 13 and is the only X Games athlete ever to win three gold medals before age 16. Hailing from the Los Angeles area, Kim and her family make the weekly trek to Mammoth Mountain, Calif. during the year, nearly a 650-mile round trip journey, where she is a member of the U.S. Snowboard halfpipe team.

Mark McMorris (Regina, Canada) – Mark McMorris has been one of snowboarding’s leading men since taking gold in Slopestyle and Big Air in 2012. He repeated the feat in 2015, becoming the second snowboarder in history to earn double gold at a single event. McMorris spun back-to-back triple cork 1440s at Aspen in 2016 to secure the win, securing his fourth Aspen Slopestyle gold. He boasts 11 X Games medals and will compete in both Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air in 2017. In November 2016, McMorris released The Process on ABC as part of the World of X Games series – an in-depth look at his career, which tracks his competitive snowboarding season following an injury to his femur.

Danny Davis (Highland, Mich.) – Davis is at the forefront of a movement within competitive snowboarding – a call to stray from the technicality that ushered in the triple cork era and return to what snowboarders love to do, have fun and look good doing it. Style and creativity drive his competitive formula, with back-to-back X Games SuperPipe gold medals in 2014 and 2015. Davis also created Peace Park, an invite-only, five-day “contest” featured on World of X Games to showcase the progression of snowboarding each year.

Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – The most decorated rider in X Games Slopestyle history, Jamie owns 11 medals, including 4 gold, and added her fifth silver at X Games Aspen 2016 despite breaking her collarbone in December. She won gold in Slopestyle’s Olympic debut in 2014 and has never missed the podium when competing in X Games Slopestyle. Her results prove her unparalleled consistency, and her riding is authoritative and stylish. She competed in Snowboard Big Air at X Games Oslo and is looking forward to the event’s domestic debut in Aspen.

Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colo.) – One of the most talented SuperPipe skiers the discipline has seen, Yater-Wallace returns to X Games Aspen in 2017 after taking home a gold medal at X Games Oslo for SuperPipe. Yater-Wallace is known for garnering four X Games medals, including gold, by age 18. He missed X Games Aspen 2015 due to injury, but returned in 2016 to compete in his hometown for his seventh X Games appearance.

Kelly Sildaru (Tallinn, Estonia) – Sildaru was just 13 yrs., 11 mos and 88 pounds when she took gold at X Games Aspen 2016 in the women’s Ski Slopestyle competition. By winning gold she became the youngest gold medalist at a winter event, topping the record set by Chloe Kim in 2015. She also became the second-youngest gold medalist in X Games history, behind Ryan Sheckler, who was 13 when he won Skateboard Park gold in 2003. Only 14, Sildaru has podiumed at 22 out of 22 AFP certified Slopestyle contests since January 2013, including the Dec. 2016 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, which she won.

Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, Colo.) – A three-time X Games Aspen gold medalist, Brown, 25, is considered one of the most progressive jumpers on the planet. He was the first skier to land two doubles in a run the first (and only) skier to win two gold at the same X Games event (2010 Big Air and Slopestyle) and the first to land a triple cork 1440. This 2010 ESPY nominee for Best Male Action Sports Athlete netted his sixth XG medal in 2016 when he earned silver in Big Air in Aspen.

Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – Bowman returned from injury to earn her fourth straight X Games Aspen SuperPipe gold in 2016, using technical 900 spins including the first switch 900 thrown by a woman in pipe competition. In the process, she became just the second skier to take four-consecutive golds in Aspen. She took silver at X Games Oslo a month later and claimed the AFP title for halfpipe for the third time. When she’s not skiing, Bowman, 2014 Winter Olympic halfpipe champion, takes classes at Westminster College, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Heath Frisby (Middleton, Idaho) – With 11 medals in 11 X Games appearances, Frisby is building an impressive collection and legacy. He won X Games Long Jump gold in 2015 in a showdown with close friend and training partner Cory Davis, and this year he will compete in the returning Best Trick event. Frisby was the first person to land an Underflip, Frontflip, Tsunami Backflip and the Frisby Air on a snowmobile.  Frisby will attempt to be the first rider to land a double-backflip in the sport of snowmobile freestyle competition.

HOW: You must RSVP to Olivia Wilson to attend this event by no later than Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. MT by emailing [email protected] or calling at 213-304-1919.  

NOTE: **In order to attend, you must already be approved for media credentials for X Games Aspen 2017. The official credential pick-up will be at the credential center in the Powder Pandas building as in years past. Media credential pick-up begins Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Noon MT. Please allow yourself enough time to pick up your credentials before the press conference.

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Contact:         

Olivia Wilson, ESPN, [email protected], 213-304-1919

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Olivia Wilson

Based out of Austin, Texas, Olivia Wilson is a communications manager focusing on ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company's leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. Prior to joining the DMED Communications team, Wilson worked in ESPN Communications on X Games, Marketing and Corporate Citizenship for five years. Wilson is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
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