Big cash prizes for Aspen X Games |

Big cash prizes for Aspen X Games

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Athletes will compete for shares of the biggest X Games purse in history ” $1 million ” when Winter X Games 12 convenes Thursday, Jan. 24 at Buttermilk in Aspen.

More than 250 athletes from around the world will compete for the cash in various skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling events. Medalists will reap 50 percent more than they did last year, X Games sponsor ESPN announced last week, though the network did not specify how much medalists will take home in individual events.

The overall prize purse is up 38 percent from last year’s, and the total purse for all X Games competitions to be held in 2008 exceeds $3 million. This year, X Games events will be held in Aspen, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Dubai and two other international markets yet to be announced.

“ESPN is committed to ensuring that the best action sports athletes in the world compete on action sports’ grandest stage – the X Games,” said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president and managing director, X Games franchise.

Winter X Games 12 is scheduled for Jan. 24-27. The event includes day and evening competitions and is free to the public.

The second and final wave of invited athletes was also announced last week. For the complete, updated list of Winter X Games 12 athletes, log on to

Looking for a piece of the prize money will be a number of Colorado athletes. Competitors who have been invited to Winter X Games 12 include:

Clair Bidez of Minturn, snowboard halfpipe

Gretchen Bleiler of Snowmass Village, snowboard halfpipe

Brett Buckles of Steamboat Springs, skiercross

Chris Burandt of Kremmling, snowmobile freestyle, snowmobile speed and style

Carl Burnett of Winter Park, mono skiercross

Tricia Byrnes of Aspen, snowboard halfpipe

Chris Del Bosco of Vail, skiercross

Sam Ferguson of Aspen, mono skiercross

Jake Fiala of Frisco, skiercross

Steve Fisher of Breckenridge, snowboard halfpipe

Marc Frank Montoya of Denver, snowboard slopestyle

Gerald Hayden of Winter Park, mono skiercross

Jordan Karlinski of Snowmass Village, boardercross

Scott Meyer of Frisco, mono skiercross

Peter Olenick of Aspen, skiing slopestyle, halfpipe

Casey Puckett of Aspen, skiercross

Jason Smith of Basalt, boardercross

John Spriggs of Vail, skiing slopestyle

J.J. Thomas of Golden, snowboard halfpipe

Ross Trulove of Carbondale, boardercross

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