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Who to Look Out for this X Games

With the X Games underway, we decided to provide you with some information on the athletes. The full list of athletes is long, so we chose the returning champions who are looking to win gold medals again. X Games marks the start of winter sports action for 2016, and alongside these competitions there will be performances from well known artists, such as Dj Snake and Kygo. If you are curious about their music, check out the offical X Games playlist we have made for you all. 

Aspen has held the X Games for over a decade, combing cutting edge sports and legendary music performances. Nothing can quite beat the caliber of talent and spirit felt at this event. For those of you who will want to know who’s flying in the air, here is a list of notable athletes.

Maddie Bowman: Bowman took home gold in 2015 for Women’s Ski Super Pipe. This USA athlete is a force to be reckoned with.

Chris Devlin-Young: As if skiing on two skis isn’t hard enough, Devlin-Young has become defending champion of the gold medal for Mono Skiing. 

Colten Moore: American-made, Moore has made a name for himself since winning gold in Snowmobile Freestyle since X Games 2014.

Danny Davis: Step aside Shaun White, Davis has won gold both in 2014 and 2015, and is gunning for another win.

Kevin Hill: Bringing Canadian talent to the competition, Hill took gold in Snowboard X (boardercross) last year, and is likely going to try and take this competition home. 

Lindsey Jacobellis: A pioneer in women’s professional sports, Jacobellis holds the record for most gold medals than any other woman in X Games history, and will continue her reign this weekend.

Kevin Rolland: While Rolland won silver in last year’s X Games, the winner of Men’s Ski Super Pipe Simon d’Artois will not be attending the games, and Rolland could pull out a gold medal.  

Mark McMorris: Defender of two gold medals in Snowboard Big Air and Snowboard Slopestyle, this athlete is not going home to Canada without a win.

Heath Frisby: Snowmobile expert Frisby took gold in the Snowmobile Long Jump and you should keep your eye out for him this weekend.

Nick Goepper: Goepper’s got style…Ski Slopestyle that is. Won gold last year and will likely be gunning for it again.

Emma Dahlström: A Swedish superstar. Dahlström dominated Women’s Ski Slopestyle in 2015, and this year will make it her 3rd X Games appearance.

Chloe Kim: The youngest female athlete to win gold bumped Kelly Clark from her five year winning streak in Snowboard Super Pipe last year and won gold. Both athletes will be returning this year, and the competition will be fierce. 

Vincent Gagnier: Gagnier gets major air in the Ski Big Air competition, winning gold last year.

Silje Norendal: This Norwegian has a taste for gold, and will be defending her three gold medal wins this weekend. 

Tucker Hibbert: Last but certainly not least, Hibbert has been reigning champ of Snocross since 2011, and doesn’t want to see that be stripped away.

Olivia Sheehan is student at the University of Denver, studying Strategic Communication and Psychology. Some of her passions include skiing, traveling, cute animals, and spending time with friends. She is a campus correspondent of Her Campus DU, and is excited about the future of Her Campus here at the University of Denver.
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