Fear not, friends. Despite COVID, the X Games is still throwing down once again in Aspen, Colo. Read on to learn about the top athletes competing in the X Games, and how to watch it all unfold.
SuperPipe, Slopestyle, Big Air. The X Games has been running since 1995, and it’s not about to stop now. It’s 2022, and the X Games are back. Despite smaller in-person crowds, some of the biggest snowboard and ski athletes in the world will return to compete on the big stage.
Check out the full X Games 2022 schedule (and preview of this year’s games). Here are a few top events to watch for:
- Friday night: Women’s Ski Big Air, Women’s Ski SuperPipe and Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe
- Saturday night: Men’s Ski Big Air, Men’s Snowboard Big Air, Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
- Sunday night: Men’s Ski SuperPipe
X Games Aspen: How to Watch
This edition of the X Games will largely be televised, so if you have access to a television subscription, that’s your first option. Check it out on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, and get the full schedule.
X Games Athletes: Who to Watch
Alex Ferreira: An Aspen-native pipe skier who won back-to-back X Games gold in 2019 and 2020, Ferreira has racked up six total X Games medals since he began competing in 2013.
Tess Ledeux: Tess Ledeux has been competing in the X Games since 2017. She just won slopestyle at the 2021 Dew Tour in Copper. And that’s after winning three World Cups (in Stubai, Silaplana, and Aspen).
Kelly Sildaru: This Estonian skier took home SuperPipe and Slopestyle golds at the X Games 2020 and is one of only two female athletes competing in three disciplines this year (SuperPipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air).
Gus Kenworthy: Competing since 2011, he’s a skier with five X Games medals to his name. He’ll compete in SuperPipe competitions this year.
Dusty Henricksen: This snowboard athlete dominates in Slopestyle and Knuckle Huck, and he’s only 19. He competed in his first X Games in Norway 2020.
Julia Marino: Jules Marino has won a whopping seven X Games medals over the course of her snowboarding career. And she is definitely the one to watch when it comes to the slopestyle competition.
The X Games run Friday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 23, in Aspen, Colo. Watch the X Games on ESPN, ABC, or online.