David Wise—a three-time X Games gold medalist—looks to return to medal form after just missing in 2015. But hot on his heels is newcomer Beau James Wells, who took silver behind Wise at the recent Winter Dew Tour. And never count out multi-discipline threat and Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy, looking for his first Aspen medal.
On the Snowboard Superpipe side, last year’s X Games bronze medalist Iouri Podladtchikov looks to cash in again, as does 17-year-old Japanese boss Ayumu Hirano, who is looking for his second career X Games medal. For the ladies, reigning gold medalist Chloe Kim will be defending her title and going for her third straight X Games medal.
Snowmobile Snocross begins and ends with one name, Tucker Hibbert. The Minnesota-resident has dominated the past eight X Games events, making him synonymous with gold. This year Winter X brings back the Snowmobile Freestyle event where MEC’s trio of Joe Parsons, Heath Frisby and Cory Davis—all former X Games medalists—are jockeying for position on the podium.
Looking for redemption in Ski Big Air after an injury in slopestyle kept him out of the 2015 contest, Henrik Harlautwants to regain his golden performance, but he’ll face a strong challenge from newcomer Luca Schuler and wily veteran Jossi Wells.
In 2015, Canada’s Max Parrot flashed a silver medal performance in Snowboard Big Air, which he’ll look to upgrade in 2016. But he’ll have to fight off reigning Air + Style tour champ Ståle Sandbech and 2016 Air + Style Beijing bronze medalist Sven Thorgren.
Speaking of Ståle and Sven, the duo medaled last season in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, silver and bronze respectively, and will look to hit the podium once again. Innovator and Olympic champ Sage Kotsenburg will once again be in the mix, keeping the contest’s style side in check. When it’s time for the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle contest, all eyes will be on ten-time X Games medalist Jamie Anderson as she looks to cement her place among the X Games greats.
When it’s the women’s freeskiers turn on the slopestyle course, last season’s gold medalist Emma Dåhlstrom hopes for a return to the podium, and former medalist Maggie Voisin wants to impress after taking a year hiatus from X due to injury.
Olympic silver medalist and dual-discipline threat Gus Kenworthy seeks his first X Games Aspen medal in Men’s Freeski Superpipe. Coming off of another win at the Winter Dew Tour, Kenworthy leads a stacked field that includes former slopestyle medalists Henrik Harlaut, Jossi Wells and James Woods. And not to be counted out is the Canadian due of Evan McEachran and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.
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