Chloe Kim will be gunning for another X Games gold medal this weekend in Oslo, Norway. (Getty Images/The Denver Post- Daniel Petty.)
OSLO, Norway (Feb. 25, 2016) – This weekend the world’s best snowboarders and freeskiers will descend upon the site of the 1952 Winter Olympic Games for X Games Oslo. It is the first time in history an X Games event will be held in Norway and only the second time in history a second winter event has been added to the X Games schedule (X Games Tignes, 2013).
Americans dominated at X Games Aspen (Jan. 28-31) where they claimed 21 total medals including seven gold. Amongst the gold medalists were snowboarders Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA) and Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO), all slated to compete in Oslo.
X Games Oslo will feature men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe, as well as a big air competition held on a 190-foot-tall scaffolding structure. Women’s snowboard big air has not been held at the X Games since 2001.
U.S. Snowboarding athletes also competed on a scaffolding jump earlier this month at the Polartec Big Air at Fenway Feb. 12. It was a historic event situated in the middle of one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic venues. U.S. team members Julia Marino (Westport, CT) and Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) both earned podium finishes with Marino taking the win for the women and Guldemond earning third for the men.
Competition kicked off at X Games Olso on Thursday with men’s snowboard superpipe elimination. American athlete Chase Josey (Hailey, ID) led the field with a unique switch crippler to qualify in second. Louie Vito (Bellefontaine, OH) also made the final with a fourth-place finish and Danny Davis (Highland, MI) rounded out the American field in seventh. Did not advance: Brett Esser (Breckenridge, CO), 12th; Ladley, 18th; Gabe Ferguson (Bend, OR), 19th; Jake Pates (Eagle, CO), 20th.
An X Games event will be held in Norway for the first time in history this weekend.
X Games Oslo will feature snowboard halfpipe and big air for both men and women.
It is the first time since 2001 X Games will hold a women’s snowboard big air competition.
EVENT SCHEDULE (Times CET)
Friday, February 26 12:30 p.m. – Men’s Snowboard Big Air Elimination 2:30 p.m. – Men’s Ski Big Air Elimination 4:30 p.m. – Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Saturday, February 27 4:00 p.m – Women’s Ski Big Air Final 4:00 p.m. – Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final 6:00 p.m. – Men’s Ski Big Air Final 6:00 p.m. – Men’s Snowboard Big Air Final
Sunday, February 28 2:00 p.m. – Men’s Ski SuperPipe Elimination 4:30 p.m. – Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final
BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Times EST)
Friday, February 26 6:00-7:45 a.m. – Men’s Snowboard Big Air Elimination – ESPN3 8:15-10:00 a.m. – Men’s Ski Big Air Elimination – ESPN3 10:30-12:00 p.m. – Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final – ESPN3 12:30-2:00 p.m. – Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
Saturday, February 27 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Women’s Ski and Snowboard Big Air Final – ESPN3 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Men’s Ski and Snowboard Big Air Final – ESPN3 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Highlights – ABC