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X Games fans to join big-air judging

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Winter X Games 12, to be held Jan. 24-27 at Buttermilk in Aspen, will feature three new events and bring the audience to the judge’s table, according to organizer ESPN.

Making their debut at this winter’s games will be the disciplines of snowmobile speed and style, skiing big air and snowboard big air.

Modeled after Winter X mainstays snowmobile snocross and snowmobile freestyle, snowmobile speed and style combines the air of freestyle and the speed of snocross into one discipline, according to ESPN. Competitors will go head-to-head around the course, hitting multiple jumps and obstacles. Final scores will be based on the difficulty of tricks pulled and amount of time racers take to ride around the full track.

Big-air contests have also been added to this winter’s extravaganza. Featuring only four competitors in each contest, the scoring of every run will be fan interactive ” 50 percent of each competitor’s score will come from live fan text voting; the other half will be judged by the analysts calling the competitions live on TV.

ESPN is looking to build on the success it had with interactive text voting for the skatingboarding competition at the summer games in Los Angeles, according to Ron Semiao, senior vice president of ESPN content development.

The schedule for this winter’s games (subject to change) call for the snowmobile speed and style and skiing superpipe men’s finals on opening night ” Thursday, Jan. 24. Friday, Jan. 25 brings the skiing superpipe women’s final, snowboard superpipe women’s final and the skiing big air final. Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 will include the snowboard slopestyle women’s final, boardercross men’s and women’s finals, snowboard slopestyle men’s final, the snowmobile snocross final and the snowboard big air final. Closing day of the Games, on Sunday, Sept. 27, will feature the skiercross men’s and women’s finals, the mono-skiercross final, snowmobile freestyle final and snowboard superpipe men’s final.

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And much of the action will be broadcast live.

ESPN and ABC will feature 15 hours of live programming during Winter X Games 12, according to ESPN, while ESPN2 will present daily late-night highlight programs on Jan. 25-28, resulting in 19 total hours of original programming for the event.

In addition, the Games will also be televised on ESPN’s international networks to

more than 121 countries and territories in Latin America, the Pacific Rim, Middle East, Africa and Israel.

SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship daily news program, will report from Aspen on all four days of the Games, featuring event coverage from Buttermilk.

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