Athletes Announced for X Games Aspen Media Kickoff Panel

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Athletes Announced for X Games Aspen Media Kickoff Panel

Top Action Sports Athletes Available for Interview on January 23 and a Special Aspen Announcement

Aspen, CO – January 24, 2018 – Buttermilk Mountain: The X Games Aspen 2018 Press Conference (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

WHAT:             The official press event for the 18th edition of X Games Aspen will include the world’s top action sports athletes and accomplished medalists along with Tim Reed, VP of X Games, and John Rigney, Aspen Skiing Company senior vice president. The event discussion will be driven and hosted by Jack Mitrani, host of X Games Aspen.

WHEN:             Wednesday, January 23 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. MT

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

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

 

Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – The most decorated rider in X Games Slopestyle history, Jamie owns 14 medals, including five gold and has never missed the podium when competing in X Games Slopestyle. She won gold in Slopestyle’s Olympic debut in 2014 and defended her title in 2018. Her results prove her unparalleled consistency, and her riding is authoritative and stylish.

Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colorado) – The Aspen local took Ski SuperPipe silver at X Games Aspen 2018 and again at this past Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, he made an appearance on Dr. Oz, was a guest at an Oscar party with Elton John, attended the NY Gold Medal Gala with his grandfather and even gave the commencement speech for Aspen High School. With four X Games medals in seven appearances, Ferreira has a history of stepping up at the X Games.

Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) – Chloe earned two X Games golds in 2016 (Aspen and Oslo) and then took bronze in 2017 before reclaiming her spot on top last year. Kim followed that up with gold at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Chloe is back in form this year, with wins at the Dew Tour Breckenridge, Copper Grand Prix and Laax Open.

Cassie Sharpe (Comox, British Columbia, Canada) – The reigning Olympic champion in women’s ski halfpipe has also taken home a gold (Oslo 2016) and bronze (Aspen 2018) at X Games. Sharpe announced her arrival as a major podium threat back in 2015 when she won silver at the 2015 FIS World Championships. Sharpe opened this season with second place finishes at the Dew Tour and Copper Grand Prix.

Mark McMorris (Regina, Canada) – One of snowboarding’s leading men since taking double gold at X Games Aspen 2012. He repeated the feat in 2015, becoming the second snowboarder in history to take double gold at a single event twice. Mark has earned medals in an incredible 15 of 19 X Games starts, and has come back from two nearly career-ending injuries but continues to dominate – earning Slopestyle bronze at both X Games Aspen 2018 and the PyeongChang Winter Games

Scotty James (Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia) – Scotty earned his first SuperPipe gold at X Games Aspen 2017 and took silver last year in what analyst Craig McMorris called the “best halfpipe contest ever.” James earned bronze at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and became first person to land a switch backside double cork 1260 at the Snowmass Grand Prix last year. Took home gold at Dew Tour Breckenridge, Copper Grand Prix this year and the Laax Open.

Rob Adelberg (Benalla, Victoria, Australia) – The seven-time summer X Games medalist added to his collection last year when he took home the first-ever X Games Aspen Snow Bike Best Trick gold medal. Rob had never ridden a snow bike on actual snow prior to January 2018, but has years of top-level freestyle motocross experience and adapted to the snow easily. Most recently, Adelberg took home gold in Moto X Best Trick and bronze in Moto X Freestyle at X Games Sydney in October 2018.

Tim Reed – As VP of X Games, Reed oversees the creative development and day-to-day operation of the X Games franchise. This includes the programming, production and distribution of X Games content – both for X Games events and for year-round World of X Games programming, oversight of digital and social content and direction of X Games events.  Reed has led the development and integration of youth lifestyle elements into X Games events including music, film, photography and art experiences created to serve the youth action sports audience. Reed also led the launch of the World of X Games show, which is now entering into its fifth full year of programming on ABC.

HOW:               Please RSVP to Olivia Wilson to attend this event by emailing [email protected] or calling at 904-303-3538  

NOTE: **In order to attend, you must already be approved for media credentials for X Games Aspen 2019. The official credential pick-up will be at the credential center in the Hideout building as in years past. Media credential pick-up begins Wednesday, Jan. 23 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], 904-303-3538

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Olivia Wilson

Based out of the LAPC in Los Angeles, Calif., Olivia Wilson is a senior publicist focusing on X Games and West Coast PR. Prior to joining the ESPN Communications team, Wilson was located in Austin, Texas and graduated from Florida State University in 2014.
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