Thursday, January 24, 2013
Winter X Games 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Or strap in. Or click in. Just do whatever it is you need to do to get ready. This is going to be an intense few days of competition! Since 2002, Aspen Snowmass has been the home to the Winter X Games. In January each year, the best winter sports athletes from around the globe gather at Buttermilk, one of Aspen Snowmass’s four mountains, and battle it out for bragging rights and supremacy. The events line up this year includes snowboarding and skiing big air, slope style and half pipe competitions. There is also a snowboarding street competition, and an online video competition known as “real snow”, where the fans get to vote for their favorite video online. On top of this, there will be snowmobile speed and style competitions and also a snocross competition where snowmobilers race around a track full of jumps and banked turns. Add this to the snowmobile best trick competition and we’re not going to be left short of adrenaline filled thrills and spills! There are plenty of fun facts behind the scenes and also plenty of fun storylines running through the competition too. Shaun White is lining up to win his sixth consecutive gold medal in the snowboard super pipe. Tucker Hibbert is also lining up for his sixth consecutive gold medal in the Snowmobile Snocross. The tallest building in Aspen (by 13 feet) is the 65 foot high super pipe control tower. 75 different scaffolding structures have been built for the competition. Over 1 million people have attended the X Games in Aspen over the years. And over 35.4 million people in the US along tuned in to watch the X Games 2012 on television last year. Come check out the action!