Winter X Games Explained

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Levi LaValle performs during Snowmobile Freestyle at Winter X 2017 in Aspen, CO – USA, January 28, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Guide to the 22nd edition of the Winter X Games as athletes prepare to impress.

For the past 21 years the Winter X Games have provided thrills and spills for adventure sport fans all over the world.

2018 promises to be no different this weekend with around 150 of the world’s best heading to Aspen to showcase their talents over four days of exciting action.

First held at Big Bear Lake in California in 1997, two years after the Summer X Games first debuted, the Winter version has grown into an addictive spectacle.

For the last 16 years, home for the world’s premiere action sports competition has been in Aspen, with the 2018 edition also returning to Colorado for more record-breaking attempts and world firsts.

Competitors will battle it out in a variety of disciplines and take the snowy stage looking to win gold, silver or bronze medals.




Sports and disciplines at X Games 2018

M&W = Men’s and Women’s

Oystein Braaten performs during Men’s Ski Slopestyle at Winter X 2017 in Aspen, CO – USA, January 28, 2017. –
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Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Ski

SuperPipe (M&W)

SlopeStyle (M&W)

Big Air (M&W)

Snowboarding

SuperPipe (M&W)

SlopeStyle (M&W)

Big Air (M&W)

Anna Gasser celebrates on the podium during Women’s Snowboard Big Air at Winter X 2017 in Aspen, CO – USA, January 26, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Special Olympics Unified (Teams will comprise of one professional action sports athlete, including X Games and Olympic medalists, and one Special Olympics action sports athlete)

Snowmobile & Snow Bike

SnoCross Adaptive

Best Trick

Freestyle

SnoCross

Snow Bike Racing

Ronnie Renner performs during Men’s Snow Bike at Winter X 2017 in Aspen, CO – USA, January 27, 2017. –
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Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

A selection of new tricks and notable moments from the Winter X Games

2007 – Freestyle skier Peter Olenick landed the first double-flip (The Whiskey Flip) in halfpipe competition history

2011 – Freestyle snowboarder Kelly Clark landed the first 1080 by a woman in competition history

2012 – Freestyle snowboarder Shaun White posts a perfect 100 for the first time in the history of either the winter or summer X Games

2013 – Freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut earned a perfect score with his nose butter triple cork 1620

2016 – Freestyle snowboarder Max Parrot lands the first ever cab triple cork 1800

2017 – Freestyle snowboarder Marcus Kleveland lands the first quad cork ever in competition.

 

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