Ten Winter X Games athletes to watch

Story by Brian Gomez
The Gazette
January 27, 2011
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WINTER X GAMES ATHLETES TO WATCH

GRETCHEN BLEILER

Age: 29

Residence: Aspen, Colo.

Events: Snowboard superpipe

Olympic medals: Silver in snowboard halfpipe in 2006

Winter X medals: Golds in snowboard superpipe in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010; silver in snowboard superpipe in 2007

What to know: Took 11th at the 2010 Vancouver Games after falling on both of her final runs

BOBBY BROWN

Age: 19

Residence: Breckenridge, Colo.

Events: Skiing slopestyle, skiing big air

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in skiing slopestyle and skiing big air in 2010

What to know: Recorded the first perfect score in skiing big air last year in winning in his second Winter X appearance

SARAH BURKE

Age: 28

Residence: Whistler, British Columbia

Events: Skiing superpipe

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in skiing superpipe in 2007, 2008 and 2009; silvers in skiing superpipe in 2005 and 2006

What to know: The first skier to claim an ESPY award, for Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year in 2007

OPHELIE DAVID

Age: 34

Residence: Alpe D’Huez, France

Events: Skier X

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in skier X in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

What to know: The seven-time World Cup champion finished ninth in Vancouver in the Olympic debut of skicross

TUCKER HIBBERT

Age: 26

Residence: Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Events: Snowmobile SnoCross

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in snowmobile SnoCross in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; silvers in snowmobile SnoCross in 2002, 2004 and 2005; bronze in snowmobile SnoCross in 2003

What to know: His 61 wins (in 112 starts) are the second-most among professional SnoCross racers

NATE HOLLAND

Age: 32

Residence: Sandpoint, Idaho

Events: Snowboarder X

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in snowboarder X in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

What to know: Has twice competed at the Olympics, with a fourth-place finish in Vancouver

LINDSEY JACOBELLIS

Age: 25

Residence: Stratton, Vt.

Events: Snowboarder X

Olympic medals: Silver in snowboardcross in 2006

Winter X medals: Golds in snowboarder X in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010; silver in snowboarder X in 2007; bronze in snowboard slopestyle in 2003

What to know: Crashed out of the semifinals in Vancouver, resulting in an automatic disqualification

JENNY JONES

Age: 30

Residence: Bristol, England

Events: Snowboard slopestyle

Olympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in snowboard slopestyle in 2009 and 2010

What to know: Won a gold in snowboard slopestyle last year at the inaugural Winter X stop in Europe

TYLER WALKER

Age: 24

Residence: Franconia, N.H.

Events: Mono skier X

Paralympic medals: None

Winter X medals: Golds in mono skier X in 2007, 2009 and 2010; silver in mono skier X in 2008

What to know: Has made two Paralympic appearances, placing 10th in the slalom in Vancouver

SHAUN WHITE

Age: 24

Residence: Carlsbad, Calif.

Events: Snowboard superpipe, snowboard slopestyle

Olympic medals: Golds in snowboard halfpipe in 2006 and 2010

Winter X medals: Golds in snowboard superpipe in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and in snowboard slopestyle in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009; silvers in snowboard superpipe in 2002 and 2007 and in snowboard slopestyle in 2002; bronzes in snowboard slopestyle in 2007 and 2008

What to know: On his skateboard, won a silver in vert at the X Games in July before touring to promote his new video game

Brian Gomez

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