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Sage Kotsenburg, Jamie Anderson, & More to Compete at X Games Aspen 2015

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Christian Pondella / ESPN Images
Christian Pondella / ESPN Images

ESPN returns to Aspen Snowmass, Colo., January 22-25, 2015, for the 14th consecutive year to televise the world’s premier action sports competition with live coverage on ESPN and ABC.  After a competition packed 2014 season, more than 100 Olympic athletes will return to X Games Aspen with an emphasis on style and fun. The world’s best will battle it out for a podium spot in Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile competitions.

ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 16 hours of live X Games Aspen competition.  Additional competition, music and behind-the-scenes content will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and more.

The initial athlete invites include:

  • Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, Utah) – Always the snowboarder having the most fun on the mountain, Kotsenburg had a breakout contest season in 2014 with a Cinderella-style rise to the first Olympic gold of the Sochi Games. Kotsenburg capped off 2014 with an ESPY award win for Best Male Olympian.
  • Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – The most decorated rider in the Snowboard Slopestyle field, Anderson has earned a medal in every X Games Slopestyle event in which she has competed. After taking Slopestyle gold at X Games Aspen in 2012 and 2013, Anderson settled for silver at X Games Aspen 2014 but returned a month later to win the first-ever women’s Snowboard Slopestyle gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
  • Levi LaVallee (Longville, Minn.) – The most versatile snowmobiler in X Games history, LaVallee will compete in every able-bodied snowmobile discipline at X Games Aspen 2015. The only athlete in history to compete in all seven disciplines, and medal in six, LaVallee will have the opportunity to defend his 2004 Hillcross gold with its return this year.
  • David Wise (Reno, Nev.) – The three-time defending X Games Aspen Men’s Ski SuperPipe gold medalist, Wise had the most successful year of his career in 2013, winning X Games Aspen gold, the FIS World Championships, Grand Prix finals and securing his first AFP halfpipe title. He proved his dominance at the Sochi Olympics, winning the first-ever men’s Ski Halfpipe gold medal.
  • Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – At X Games Aspen 2014, Bowman successfully defended her women’s Ski SuperPipe gold as the youngest athlete in the field. Bowman claimed the top spot on the 2013 AFP women’s halfpipe rankings and secured her spot in history by winning the first-ever women’s Ski Halfpipe gold medal in Sochi.

Competition Schedule Highlights Include:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Men’s Ski Slopestyle Elimination

Mono Skier X Final

Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final

Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination & Final

Snowmobile Speed & Style Finals

 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Snowboarder X Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Finals

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination

Men’s Ski SuperPipe Elimination

Snowboard Big Air Final

Snowmobile Long Jump Final

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final

Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final

Snowmobile Hillcross Final

Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final

Ski Big Air Final

 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals

Snowmobile SnoCross & SnoCross Adaptive Finals

Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final

The full initial list of invited athletes can be found on www.xgames.com. The full X Games Aspen 2015 competition schedule will be available on www.xgames.com for fans in the coming weeks. Follow the X Games on Twitter at http://twitter.com/xgames.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John’s University.

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