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X Games Aspen: 15.5 Live Hours on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC

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Additional Eight Hours of Competition Streaming Exclusively on ESPN3; Adaptive Snow BikeCross Demo Added

X Games Aspen 2018 will receive extensive coverage across multiple television and digital platforms January 25 – 28, as the world’s best action sports athletes return to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, to compete for X Games gold and prize money. X Games Aspen 2018 will feature 15.5 hours of extensive coverage and live content distributed on ESPN, ABC, WatchESPN, WatchABC and the ESPN App from January 25 – 28. An additional eight hours of competition will be carried on ESPN3 and available on demand on YouTube.

X Games Aspen 2018 will also introduce the first-ever Adaptive Snow BikeCross demo. The track for the Adaptive Snow BikeCross competition is the same course used in Snow BikeCross. The athletes invited to compete in the discipline are eight-time X Games medalist Blair Morgan, six-time X Games medalist Doug Henry, X Games silver medalist Paul Thacker, Brandon Dudley, Jonathon Stark and Darius Glover.

Additional coverage of sports and music will be carried on the ESPN App as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, the X Games app, and X Games pages across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Following X Games Aspen 2018, ABC will deliver four hours of anthology programming with two hours on Saturday, February 3 and two hours on Saturday, February 10, as part of the World of X Games series.

By enhancing and adding dimension to the X Games viewing experience through digital and social offerings, fans will have the opportunity to watch all the action, get an inside look at the event and establish a two-way conversation with X Games, athletes and other viewers.

In addition to all of the content on ESPN’s U.S.-based media platforms, X Games Aspen 2018 will be televised globally in 192 countries and territories to more than 500 million homes, including live coverage in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and multiple countries in Europe, including Norway, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and U.K.

 

Television

The X Games Aspen 2018 telecast officially kicks off on ESPN, Thursday, January 25, with the LifeProof Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final and the Snowmobile Speed & Style Final (taped). The four-day event will conclude on Sunday, January 28, with the Women’s Ski Big Air Final and the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET, and then the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe, Snow Bike Best Trick Final and the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

 

On-Air Talent

Host:

A professional snowboarder, entrepreneur, filmmaker, music festival producer and aspiring musician, Jack Mitrani (@JackMitrani) will return to host X Games Aspen 2018. Getting his start producing comedic skits with fellow snowboarders, musicians and celebrities, Mitrani has made a name for himself through producing and starring in original content for his channel, Frendly Presents, and he is also co-owner and producer of the successful Frendly Gathering music festival. A graduate of Stratton Mountain School, Mitrani competed in four X Games events before taking his talents to the telecast booth.

Mitrani will be complemented by a collection of action sports athletes and personalities providing analysis and play-by-play coverage. He will captain the X Games Aspen coverage from a host set, which will be the central hub for interviews and the world’s top action sports athletes, musicians, filmers, photographers and personalities.

 

Commentators/Analysts:

  • Brandon Graham – Snowboard (@brando_graham) Graham returns to the X Games Aspen 2018 telecast team as play-by-play commentator for all Snowboard events. As part of the X Games team since 2013, Graham has provided skateboard play-by-play for the summer events, X Games Aspen and broadcast duties for the World of X Games serieson ABC.
  • Craig McMorris – Snowboard (@craigmcmorris) McMorris joined the X Games telecast team in 2015 and is a professional snowboarder and member of the Shred Bots. McMorris got his broadcast break for CBC during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, where he announced the Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe events and will again this year. Craig is known for a quick wit and will be producing a variety of skits that will air as part of the television coverage.
  • Chris “Uncle E” Ernst – Ski (@unclee1969) Widely considered a pioneer of skiercross, Chris Ernst is credited by many for helping to shape a new category of ski racing and forging a new discipline in action sports. A former ski aerialist, Ernst is a live event announcer for numerous sports events and is also the founder of EXP Productions.
  • Tom Wallisch – Ski (@TWallisch) Returning to the X Games telecast team at X Games Aspen 2018, Wallisch is no stranger to the X Games, with ten X Games Aspen and Tignes appearances. Wallisch owns an X Games Aspen gold medal from his most dominant season in 2012 and one gold from X Games Europe 2010.
  • Jen Hudak (@jenhudak) Returning as an analyst and reporter for the X Games Aspen 2018 telecast team, Hudak is a veteran with five X Games medals in her trophy case. Hudak dominated from 2007 to 2011, including gold at X Games Aspen and X Games Europe in 2010. She was also nominated for an ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and was a two-time Association of Freeskiing Professionals halfpipe world champion.
  • Jimmy Coleman – Snowmobile & Snow Bike (@jcnomadic) TV personality Jimmy Coleman has been participating in and covering action sports events for more than a decade and has made an occupation out of being the “Man on the Mic.” Coleman joined the X Games broadcast team in 2001 at X Games Six and will provide play-by-play for all Snowmobile & Snow Bike competitions in Aspen.
  • Chris Burandt – Snowmobile (@chrisburandt211) Among the best all-around professional snowmobilers in the world, Chris Burandt fared well in Freestyle, SnoCross, HillCross and HillClimb competitions before moving into the X Games television booth in 2010. Burandt built his reputation as a precedent-setting free rider, participating in numerous snowmobile competitions and starring in many snowmobile-oriented action sports movies.

Reporters:

  • Victoria Arlen – (@arlenv1) Arlen will return to the X Games telecast team as a feature reporter. In addition to her duties with the X Games and Special Olympic World Games, Arlen is also involved with espnW and SportsCenter. Outside of the action sports world, she competed in the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, making it to the Semi-Finals with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
  • Corbin Harris – Snowboard (@corbinharris) A TV personality and professional skateboarder, Corbin Harris began his professional career at the age of 15, when he earned himself a spot on the legendary Vert-X team in Sydney, Australia. At 19, Corbin began his career in broadcasting at action sports network, FuelTV.
  • Dianna Dahlgren – Snowmobile & Snow Bike (@diannadahlgren) Hailing from the action sports mecca of Temecula Valley, California, Dahlgren grew up surrounded by motors. At 19 years old, Dahlgren was selected as Miss Monster Energy Supercross. The longest standing Miss Supercross, Dahlgren took on the role of live announcer for Monster Energy Supercross in 2010.

 

X Games Aspen 2018 telecast schedule is as follows:

DATE/TIME NETWORK COMPETITIONS
Thursday, January 25
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. ESPN3 Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifier

Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final

 

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ESPN3 Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final

Snowmobile Speed & Style Final

 

10 p.m. – 12 a.m. ESPN LifeProof Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final

Snowmobile Speed & Style Final (TAPED)

 

Friday, January 26
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ESPN3 Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final

 

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ESPN3 Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifier

 

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ESPN3 Snowmobile Freestyle Final

 

10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ESPN The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air Final

Snowmobile Freestyle Final (TAPED)

 

Saturday, January 27
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. ABC Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final

Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final

Snow BikeCross Final

 

9 p.m. – 11 p.m. ESPN The Real Cost Men’s Ski Big Air Final

SoFi Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final

 

Sunday, January 28
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ESPN2 Women’s Ski Big Air Final

Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final

 

8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ESPN Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final

Snow Bike Best Trick Final

Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb

Saturday, February 2
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

(TAPED)

ABC Anthology, Part 1
Saturday, February 10
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. ABC Anthology, Part 2

 

*Times and events listed are Eastern Time (ET) and are subject to change.

Please consult your local listings.

 

X Games Headquarters (XHQ)

The X Games Aspen telecast will again feature a new X Games host set – XHQ – serving as a cultural hub to discuss and explore relevant topics to the action sports community with top X Games athletes, musical talent and featured artists. Expected guests include Mark McMorris, Gus Kenworthy, Chloe Kim and Danny Davis.

X Games Extra

X Games Extra will be a live recap show to air immediately following each network broadcast. The 10-15 minute recap show hosted by Jack Mitrani will air on Facebook Live and will feature gold medalist interviews and the best moments from the day.

 

Digital

X Games Aspen 2018 digital platforms include:

XGames.com

XGames.com will provide onsite coverage from Aspen with live results, video of competition runs and full-bleed photo galleries shot by the best creative talent in the action sports industry.

X Games Aspen App

The free app, which is compatible with iPhone and Android, puts the world’s premier action sports event right at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to access schedules, view the event map and keep up with the top names and hottest news coming out of Aspen. Fans can also purchase tickets straight from the app.

ESPN App

Over the four days, the ESPN App will stream live content from ESPN and ESPN Deportes on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices. The ESPN App is available to more than 90 million households nationwide in the U.S. at no additional cost to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

 

Social Media

Stay connected to X Games Aspen 2018 and join the conversation using #XGAMES.

Don’t forget to check out the X Games Aspen 2018 Social Media sites for instant event updates, competition results, live video and more!

Facebook.com/XGames

Twitter: @XGames

Instagram: @XGames

Snapchat: xgames

YouTube.com/xgames

 

Additional information on all X Games Aspen is available at www.xgames.com for fans or on www.espnmediazone.com for media only. For photos please visit www.espnimages.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

Danny Chi, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4400; [email protected]

Olivia Wilson, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4145, [email protected]