More adaptive events for Winter X Games
The lineup for the 14th annual Winter X Games at Buttermilk in Aspen will include more medal adaptive events. And the Winter X Games on Jan. 22-25 also will featured the return of Snowmobile Hillcross.
Winter X Games officials added the events to the ever-changing schedule.
Snowboard X Adaptive will become a medal event after previously used as a demonstration event in Aspen in 2011 and 2012.
The world’s top adaptive snowboarders will race head-to-head.
The snowboard event will be joined by Mono Skier X and Snocross Adaptive.
Full medals will be awarded in the Winter X Games tradition.
Snowmobile Hillcross will make its first appearance since 2004. Hillcross is an uphill race on a course filled with jumps, rollers and bumps.
Seven-time snowmobile Winter X gold medalist Levi LaVallee will attempt to return to dominance in the Hillcross from a decade ago.
He also dominated the last Snowmobile Speed and Style competition, winning Winter X Gold in 2013.
“We are proud to showcase 19 competitions at (Winter) X Games Aspen, which will include more medal adaptive disciplines than ever before,” said Tim Reed, ESPN X Games senior director. “We also look forward to the new, fresh look of Buttermilk Mountain, which will serve as the backdrop to not only our competitions but to our expanded music and festival areas, embodying the youth culture and lifestyle that exists at the core of the X Games.”
At the 2014 Winter X Games, ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Co. announced a five-year extension for the Winter X Games in Aspen.
The 2015 edition also will showcase a Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding dual slalom competition.
Each team will consist of one Special Olympics athlete and one Winter X Games athlete.
Athletes scheduled to participate include Special Olympics Global Ambassador Hannah Teter, a Winter X Games gold medalist and Olympic gold medalist.
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