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Winter X-Games Snowboarding Competition Profile

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The X-Games, ESPN, EXPN

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Before the late 1990s, snowboarders rarely saw their sport on television. When the resorts were closed, they were forced to get their fix from snowboard videos. In 1997, the folks at ESPN realized they were missing out on some serious money that could be made from extreme winter sports, which resulted in the first Winter X-Games at Snow Summit Mountain Resort, California.

Winter X-Games History:

The Extreme Games (later rebranded X-Games) were first held in 1995. They were ESPN’s attempt to reach the growing number of extreme sports lovers. The first X-Games featured skateboarding, rollerblading, bungee jumping, sky surfing, mountain biking, and street luge, was held in Rhode Island in the summer of 1995. Over 200,000 people attended. ESPN originally planned to hold the games every other year, but the success of the 1995 games led ESPN to hold the next X-Games in 1996 and each year after.

ESPN couldn’t resist tapping into the popularity extreme winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. In 1997, ESPN and ESPN 2 introduced the Winter X-Games. Over 38,000 spectators attended.

The Winter X-Games expanded to include other extreme sports like freestyle snowmobiling, ice climbing and snowboard cross. The crowds grew as athletes started stomping bigger and more dangerous maneuvers.

The Winter X-Games were held in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1998 and moved to Mount Snow, Vermont, in 2000 where the Superpipe competition was added. The new halfpipe with larger walls on a steeper slope enabled snowboarders to boost bigger airs and pull off maneuvers that had never before been attempted.

By the time the Winter X-Games moved to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado in 2002, they’d become popular around the world. ESPN signed a contract with Aspen Skiing Company in 2006 that ensured the games would stay there until 2012.

Thanks to ESPN and the Winter X-Games, snowboarding has grown into a mainstream sport and its athletes are viewed as some of the most elite in the world. By 2010 the X-Games had become the highest rated show on ESPN and ESPN 2, and over 84,000 spectators watched them live in Aspen. Each year the maneuvers were more insane, the competition more fierce, and the fans more dedicated.

Winter X-Games Snowboarding Events:

  • Men’s Slopestyle
  • Men’s Superpipe
  • Men’s Snowboarder X
  • Big Air
  • Snowboard Street
  • Women’s Slopestyle
  • Women’s Superpipe
  • Women’s Snowboarder X

Winter X-Games Other Events:

  • Snowmobile Freestyle
  • Snowmobile Best Trick
  • Men’s Ski Slopestyle
  • Men’s Ski Superpipe
  • Ski Big Air
  • Men’s Skier X
  • Mono Skier X
  • Women’s Ski Slopestyle
  • Women’s Ski Superpipe
  • Women’s Skier X

Winter X-Games Snowboarding Medalists:

2007

Men’s Snowboard Best Trick
Gold: Andreas Wiig
Silver: Travis Rice
Bronze: Antti Autti

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Steve Fisher
Silver: Shaun White
Bronze: Mason Aguirre

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Andreas Wiig
Silver: Jussi Oksanen
Bronze: Shaun White

Men’s Snowboard Cross
Gold: Nate Holland
Silver: Xavier de le Rue
Bronze: Seth Wescott

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Torah Bright
Silver: Gretchen Bleiler
Bronze: Elena Hight

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jamie Anderson
Silver: Hana Beaman
Bronze: Chanelle Sladics

Women’s Snowboard Cross
Gold: Joanie Anderson
Silver: Lindsey Jacobellis
Bronze: Maelle Ricker

2008

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Ryo Aono
Bronze: Kevin Pearce

Men’s Big Air
Gold: Torstein Horgmo
Silver: Kevin Pearce

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Andreas Wiig
Silver: Kevin Pearce
Bronze: Shaun White

Men’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Nate Holland
Silver: Markus Schairer
Bronze: David Speiser

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Gretchen Bleiler
Silver: Torah Bright
Bronze: Kelly Clark

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jamie Anderson
Silver: Claudia Fliri
Bronze: Spencer O’Brien

Women’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Lindsey Jacobellis
Silver: Tanja Frieden
Bronze: Sandra Frei

2009

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Kevin Pearce
Bronze: Antti Autti

Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Gold: Travis Rice
Silver: Torstein Horgmo

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Scotty Lago
Bronze: Mikkel Bang

Men’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Nate Holland
Silver: Graham Watanabe
Bronze: Stian Sivertzen

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Torah Bright
Silver: Kelly Clark
Bronze: Hannah Teter

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jenny Jones
Silver: Spencer O’Brien
Bronze: Megan Ginter

Women’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Lindsey Jacobellis
Silver: Helene Olafsen
Bronze: Sandra Frei

2010

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Iouri Podladtchikov
Bronze: Kazuhiro Kokubo

Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Gold: Holldor Helgason
Silver: Torstein Horgmo
Bronze: Mikkel Bang

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Eero Ettala
Silver: Eric Willett
Bronze: Chas Guldemond

Men’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Nate Holland
Silver: Seth Wescott
Bronze: Alberto Schiavon

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Gretchen Bleiler
Silver: Kelly Clark
Bronze: Hannah Teter

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jenny Jones
Silver: Jamie Anderson
Bronze: Janna Meyen-Weatherby

Women’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Lindsey Jacobellis
Silver: Helene Olafsen
Bronze: Joanie Anderson

2011

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Scotty Lago
Bronze: Louie Vito

Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Gold: Torstein Horgmo
Silver: Sebastian Toutant
Bronze: Sage Kotsenburg

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Sebastien Toutant
Silver: Mark McMorris
Bronze: Tyler Flanagan

Men’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Nick Baumgartner
Silver: Kevin Hill
Bronze: Nate Holland

Men’s Snowboard Street
Gold: Nic Sauve
Silver: Louis-Felix Paradis
Bronze: Simon Chamberlain

Men’s Best Method
Gold: Scotty Lago
Silver: Ross Powers
Bronze: Chas Guldemond

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Kelly Clark
Silver: Kaitlyn Farrington
Bronze: Elena Hight

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Enni Rukajarvi
Silver: Jenny Jones
Bronze: Jamie Anderson

Women’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Lindsey Jacobellis
Silver: Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Bronze: Deborah Anthonioz

2012

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Iouri Podladtchikov
Bronze: Ryo Aono

Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Gold: Mark McMorris
Silver: Torstein Horgmo
Bronze: Sebastien Toutant

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Mark McMorris
Silver: Sage Kotsenburg
Bronze: Peetu Piiroinen

Men’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Nate Holland
Silver: Nick Baumgartner
Bronze: Jayson Hale

Men’s Snowboard Street
Gold: Forest Bailey
Silver: Ryan Paul
Bronze: Nick Visconti

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Kelly Clark
Silver: Elena Hight
Bronze: Hannah Teter

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jamie Anderson
Silver: Enni Rukajarvi
Bronze: Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas

Women’s Snowboarder X
Gold: Dominique Maltais
Silver: Alexandra Jekova
Bronze: Maelle Ricker

2013

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Shaun White
Silver: Ayumu Hirano
Bronze: Markus Malin

Men’s Snowboard Big Air
Gold: Torstein Horgmo
Silver: Mark McMorris
Bronze: Stale Sandbech

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Mark McMorris
Silver: Max Parrot
Bronze: Seppe Smits

Men’s Snowboard Street
Gold: Louis-Felix Paradis
Silver: Dylan Alito
Bronze: Dylan Thompson

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
Gold: Kelly Clark
Silver: Elena Hight
Bronze: Arielle Gold

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Gold: Jamie Anderson
Silver: Sarka Pancochova
Bronze: Spencer O’Brien

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