The X Games announced major changes Monday, expanding the number of annual events from three to six and adding three disciplines: Mountain Bike Slopestyle, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Freestyle Dirt (which was dropped after X Games 2006).
In addition to events in Aspen, Colorado; Los Angeles; and Tignes, France, there will be events in Munich; Barcelona; and Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. And so far, the renderings of the venues are nothing short of breathtaking.
“ESPN is giving athletes a tremendous opportunity to succeed and gain more exposure in their respective sports,” said Travis Pastrana, a 17-time X Games medalist. “It is awesome to see X Games not only take these sports to more cities globally, but I love seeing new sports added and the return of past, popular events.”
Pastrana saw his discipline, RallyCross, grow to three events (Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona will now join Los Angeles). But, as evidenced on Twitter, he wasn't the only excited athlete.
"Word on the street is that Slopestyle is gonna be in the @XGames next year!! Pretty awesome. Hopin to get invited!" tweeted Tyler McCaul.
Female athletes were also excited by their return to the concrete bowl for the Women's Skateboard Park competition. "There are so many girls out there skating right now, and transition skating is a huge part of what they are skating," pro skateboarder Cara-Beth Burnside told ESPN.com.
X Games 2013 Calendar
|Aspen, Colorado||January 24-27|
|Tignes, France||March 20-22|
|Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil||April 18-21|
|Los Angeles||August 1-4|
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