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A new platform for monoski athletes

Dear Editor:

Last weekend, sports enthusiasts around the world witnessed history being made at the Winter X Games 12 in Aspen.

After three years of competition in the Winter X Games by athletes with a disability, this year the monoskiercross was televised LIVE on ESPN during primetime Sunday! And, that’s not all. The monoskiercross event was ranked No. 1 on the X Games top 10 on X Center on Sunday night! What an amazing accomplishment to be recognized as the undeniably inspiring, exciting sport I’ve known for years!

The volunteers and staff from Challenge Aspen and ESPN made this event a huge success again this year and we thank every one of you for your dedication to skiing for athletes with disabilities and the goals of Challenge Aspen.

I have been involved with the monoskiercross event from the beginning, and nothing makes me more proud than to see athletes with disabilities show the world what they can do. Unlike many of the other events that take place at the X Games, monoskiercross is very unique since it is the only Skiercross held in the world for people with disabilities, and I hope we can expand on that in the future. I love proving that YOU CAN, and this year’s event gave these athletes the platform to do just that.

The monoskiercross event is the only event in the Winter X Games where the athletes fund 100 percent of their own way, very few of them even get free equipment. And, it is the only event that provides 100 percent volunteer staff in the X Games. I invite you to support these incredible athletes, if you are able. The athletes, staff and volunteers are an inspiring tribute to the “you can” spirit.

I’m looking forward to more mainstream exposure in the years to come for this amazingly talented group of athletes!

Kevin Jardine

director of competition

Challenge Aspen

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