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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter X Games Aspen 2014 | Schedule and Preview

By Andrew Sachs
The Winter X Games are back in Aspen and Buttermilk Mountain for 2014.  The world's premier ski, snowboard and snowmobile athletes will all get together starting today, Thursday, January 23 through the weekend, vying to land the biggest tricks in search of gold.

Big news is that Shaun White, after not planning to participate, then planning to participate, is NOT going to participate in these games.  Instead, he's taking the games off to focus on the upcoming Sochi Olympics.  It's always tough to know that a sport's best competitor is sitting out, but the dude has been competing at the X Games since he was 13!  Best of luck to Shaun in defending his gold on the snowboard halfpipe in Sochi.

That leaves a void in the Snowboard SuperPipe and we'll get a preview of some of the Olympic competitors and see who can step up to the challenge.  Can I-Pod land another YOLO Flip to score gold?  Stay tuned...

If you're going to be watching at home, here's the schedule for Winter X:

Thursday, January 23:
  • 2 pm - 3:30 pm: Men's Snowboard SlopeStyle Elims (ESPN3)
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Elims (ESPN3)
  • 9 pm - 11 pm: Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Elimination; Snowmobile Freestyle Final (ESPN)
Friday, January 24:
  • 12:30 pm - 4 pm: Men's and Women's Boarder X Final; Men's Ski SlopeStyle Elims (ESPN3)
  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Women's Ski SuperPipe Final (ESPN3)
  • 10:30 pm - 12:30 am: America's Navy Snowboard Big Air Final; Mens' Ski SuperPipe Final (ESPN)
Saturday, January 25:
  • 2 pm - 4 pm: Men's and Women's Snowboard SlopeStyle Final; Boarder X Finals (ESPN)
  • 4 pm - 6 pm: Men's and Women's Snowboard SlopeStyle Final; Boarder X Finals; Snowmobile Long Jump Final (ABC)
  • 8:30 pm - 9 pm: Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final (ESPN3)
  • 9 pm - 1:30 am: Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final; GoPro Ski Big Air Final (ESPN) 
Sunday, January 26:
  • 2 pm - 6 pm: Men's and Women's Ski SlopeStyle Final; Snowmobile Adaptive SnoCross Final;  (ABC)
  • 9 pm - 11 pm: Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final (ESPN)