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Winter X adds new sports

Aspen Times Staff

The Winter X Games returns to Aspen next month with new events. (Aspen Times file)

The Winter X Games will have three new events ” including its first disabled discipline ” when the 11th edition of the world’s biggest winter action sports com­petition lands at Buttermilk near Aspen next month.

ESPN on Thursday released its event schedule for the Winter X Games (Jan. 25-28), which includes the new disci­plines of snowmobile freestyle and mono skiercross ” or mono Skier X ” as well as a snowboard best trick competition.

Absent from this year’s schedule is Moto X best trick.

First introduced as a demo event at Winter X Games Nine, mono skiercross is modeled after Winter X mainstays skiercross and boardercross. The compe­tition will feature the top 16 disabled men and women racing in individual sit-skis in heats of four.

“As we move into the 11th Winter X Games, we couldn’t be more excited with our lineup of sports and the new group of athletes we have participating with snowmobile freestyle and mono Skier X,” Ron Semiao, ESPN’s senior vice president of original entertainment, said in a news release. “We are dedicated to bringing a variety of original and compelling content to the sports fans and confident with these sport additions we will do so at Winter X Games 11.”

The Winter X Games showcases more than 250 of the world’s top action-sports athletes, including 28 Olympians who competed last year at Buttermillk before traveling to Turin, Italy. The Winter X Games has had an undeniable influence on the Olympic movement.

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Snowboard halfpipe ” which has been a staple of the Winter X Games since its inception in 1996 ” debuted at the Olympics in 1998. Just last week the International Olympic Committee announced that skiercross would be part of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Skiercross was first introduced at the Winter X Games in 1998, with 30 competitors.

Buttermilk will continue to host the Winter X Games through 2010.

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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