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Top Action Sports Athletes Available for Interview on January 24

WHAT:             The official press event for the 17th edition of X Games Aspen will feature a panel of the world’s best action sports athletes. The event will be emceed by X Games 2018 Snowboard Commentator and World of X Games host, Brandon Graham. Athletes, X Games and Aspen Skiing Co. executives will also be available for interviews following the press conference.

WHEN:             Wednesday, January 24 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 13 medals, including four gold, and added her fifth silver at X Games Aspen 2016 despite breaking her collarbone in December. She won gold in Slopestyle’s Olympic debut in 2014 and has never missed the podium when competing in X Games Slopestyle. Her results prove her unparalleled consistency, and her riding is authoritative and stylish.

Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – The second skier to take four straight golds at X Games Aspen, Bowman has eight total X Games medals in SuperPipe: four gold, two silver and two bronze. This 2014 Olympic halfpipe winner also hosted an all-women’s photo/jib session called Recess in 2016 and 2017 at her home mountain of Sierra-at-Tahoe. The goal was to help women progress their skiing and have access to photographers and filmers. This is Bowman’s 10th X Games appearance.

Øystein Braaten (Torpo, Norway) – Now one of the best contest skiers on the scene, Braaten earned a convincing Slopestyle gold at X Games Aspen 2017. He then backed it up with a win in front of the hometown crowd at X Games Norway. A two-time winner of the AFP slopestyle title, Braaten was also nominated for a 2017 ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Star. Action sports runs in the family: Oystein’s brother, Gjermund, has multiple X Games Snowboard appearances and both brothers competed in the 2014 Sochi Games.

Scotty James (Warrandyte, Australia) – Scotty raised the boxing gloves in 2017, fighting his way to his first SuperPipe gold. Scotty’s riding has improved dramatically in the past three years, and his amplitude and technicality earned him gold at X Games Aspen 2017. Already with a strong bag of tricks, the 23-year-old Australian nailed back-to-back double cork 1260s at the Dew Tour in December 2017, and then made history when he became the first person to land a switch backside double cork 1260 at the Snowmass Grand Prix on January 13.

Johanne Killi (Dombaas, Norway) – Off to a great start at X Games, the 20-year-old has medaled in four out of five competition starts with one gold, one silver and two bronze between Slopestyle and Big Air. At X Games Norway, she came through in front of a home-country crowd, taking Slopestyle gold in her second run. She won the first big Slopestyle event of the season at Dew Tour Breckenridge.

Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) – Chloe Kim blew minds in 2016, earning two X Games gold (Aspen and Oslo) and made history at the Park City Grand Prix by landing back-to-back 1080s, scoring a perfect 100 (the first time either has been done by a woman). Kim came back to X Games Aspen 2017 and earned bronze, and will look to earn her sixth X Games medal in six appearances this year. Chloe opened this season with a win at the Copper Grand Prix event and a win at the Dew Tour Breckenridge.

Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.) – One of the faces of American slopestyle snowboarding, Langland took X Games Big Air gold at Aspen 2017, landing a women’s competition-first Cab double cork 1080. Hailey flashes style on and off the mountain and showing a desire to progress the sport with cutting-edge tricks.

Mark McMorris (Regina, Canada) – With his immense talent, Canadian McMorris is fashioning one of the best X Games careers in history, with an incredible 14 medals in 16 starts. He’s been one of snowboarding’s leading men since taking double gold in X Games Slopestyle and Big Air in 2012, repeating the feat in 2015 to become the second snowboarder in history to earn double gold at a single event twice. Mark broke his right femur at the L.A. Air + Style in February 2016, and made a triumphant comeback, earning two medals at X Games Aspen 2017 and one at X Games Norway before injuring himself again in a backcountry crash. McMorris looks to return and compete in both Slopestyle and Big Air once again.

David Wise (Reno, Nev.) – Husband, father and three-time X Games Aspen SuperPipe winner, Wise is also the 2014 Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe. A stylish rider with laser focus, Wise is known for pushing the envelope: at the 2017 Dew Tour Breckenridge he attempted doubles in all four directions. While he didn’t pull off a clean pass, he raised the bar.

HOW:               Please RSVP to Olivia Wilson to attend this event by emailing [email protected] or calling at 213-304-1919.  

NOTE: **In order to attend, you must already be approved for media credentials for X Games Aspen 2018. The official credential pick-up will be at the credential center in the Powder Pandas building as in years past. Media credential pick-up begins Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Noon MT. Please allow yourself enough time to pick up your credentials before the press conference.



Olivia Wilson, ESPN, [email protected], 213-304-1919