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Top Athletes Invited to X Games Norway 2018

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As the winter season comes to a close and gives way to the summer season, X Games Norway will bring together the world’s best action sports athletes from both summer and winter disciplines. Today, an additional eight snowboarders, eight skiers and 13 skateboarders received their invited to X Games Norway 2018, taking place May 18 – 20. Ski and Snowboard Big Air will be contested in Baerum and Skateboard Street at Skur 13 in downtown Oslo.

This year, some of the world’s top skiers, snowboarders and skateboarders will compete in Norway. The medalists from X Games Norway 2017 received automatic invites, including 15-time X Games medalist and 2018 Winter Olympic bronze Snowboard medalist Mark McMorris, 15-time X Games medalist and 2018 Winter Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver medalist Jamie Anderson, and 13-time X Games Skateboard medalist Nyjah Huston.

The additional athletes receiving invites this week include:

Skier Øystein Braaten and Skateboarder Pamela Rosa / Photos: Eric Bakke and Chris Tedesco

Øystein Braaten (Torpo, Norway) – Ski

One of the best skiers in the world, Braaten most recently won 2018 Winter Olympic Slopestyle gold on the heels of winning silver medals in both Big Air and Slopestyle at X Games Aspen. Last season, Braaten earned gold in Slopestyle at both X Games Aspen and Norway, took home his second AFP Slopestyle title and was nominated for an ESPY award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.

 

Johanne Killi (Dombaas, Norway) – Ski

Winning a medal in five out of eight competition starts at X Games, Killi most recently won X Games Aspen Big Air silver to add to her overall medal count of five. Killi made her hometown crowd proud at both the inaugural X Games Oslo event, where she took Big Air silver, and last year’s X Games Norway event, where she earned Slopestyle gold.

 

Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Michigan) – Snowboard

Coming off a Winter Olympic Big Air silver medal, Mack is looking for his first X Games medal. In 2016, Mack signed his name into snowboard history books when he won the Burton U.S. Open with a run that included back-to-back triple corks.

 

Kelvin Hoefler (Sao Paolo, Brazil) – Skateboard

An X Games rookie at X Games Minneapolis 2017, Hoefler took home gold in his first appearance after missing his 2016 invite with a leg injury. With wins at the Dew Tour, Kimberly Diamond Cup and Street League Skateboarding competitions, Hoefler will compete for the first time in Norway.

 

Pamela Rosa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Skateboard

With four medals in six X Games starts, Rosa is a two-time Skateboard Street gold medalist. She earned her first gold medal the last time Skateboard Street was contested in Norway, at X Games Oslo 2016. Winning that competition at 16 years old, she became the youngest Women’s Skateboard Street gold medalist in X Games history.

 

For the full list of invited athletes, please click here.

 

Additional information on all X Games Norway events will be forthcoming on www.xgames.com and www.xgamesnorway.no for fans or on www.espnmediazone.com for media only. For photos please visit www.espnimages.com.

Media Contact:

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

Grace Coryell, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4402, [email protected]