Winter X Games 14 will take place in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado (USA), from Thursday, January 28 to Sunday, January 31. The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing in three sports: Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile. All Winter X Games competitions take place at the resort’s Buttermilk Mountain (picture attached). Participants compete to win bronze, silver and gold medals, and prize money. Winter X Games 14 will welcome 250 world-class athletes, including 39 past and present Olympians. Less than one month before many of the athletes compete in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, they will vie for gold at the Winter X Games in Men's and Women's Snowboard SuperPipe, Men's and Women's Snowboarder X, Men's & Women's Skier X and Men's and Women's Snowboard Slopestyle. "This is an incredibly exciting time, and I'm looking forward to a great Winter X Games on my way to the Olympics in Vancouver (...) These are my two favorite events and together they are bringing amazing, positive exposure to the sport of snowboarding", said Aspenite, Gretchen Bleiler, who made her Olympic debut in 2006 winning a silver medal in Snowboard SuperPipe, returns to Aspen to try for her fourth gold medal.
The X Games is an annual multiaction sports event. ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. Today, the X Games are the biggest action sports events in the world. The games are broken into seasons: the Winter X Games—held in January or February—and the X Games—usually held in August. The location of the Winter X Games is in Aspen, while the location for the Summer X Games is in Los Angeles through 2009. ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Company have reached an agreement that will keep the Winter X Games in Aspen/Snowmass through Winter X Games 16 in 2012. The announcement was made last year one day prior to the official start of Winter X Games 13, the eighth straight Winter X Games held at Buttermilk, one of Aspen-Snowmass' four ski mountains.
Winter X Games originally rotated on a regular basis. The inaugural event was held in Snow Summit Mountain Resort, Calif. (1997), then it moved to Crested Butte, Colo., for two years (1998-1999) before moving east to Mount Snow, Vt. (2000-2001). It has been in Aspen since 2002. As part of the new agreement, the Winter X Games will remain in Aspen/Snowmass for a total of 11 consecutive years (2002-2012).
Since Winter X Games Six in Aspen (2002), the event has seen significant growth: attendance has nearly doubled; the event is now live on ESPN and ABC; SportsCenter is now televised live on site; and a multitude of ESPN media platforms regularly cover the event.
Concurrent with competition will be the "X Fest" sports and music festival, which offers live music, athlete autograph sessions and interactive elements.
The X Games also has international competitions and demos around the world that are held at varying times throughout the year.
Winter X Games Telecast Schedule