Big cash prizes for Aspen X Games
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 next week 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday. For the complete, updated list of Winter X Games 12 athletes, log on to http://www.expn.com.
Following is a list of Colorado athletes invited to compete at Winter X Games 12: 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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